Una Marson (1905–1965) was a Jamaican poet, playwright, campaigner for equality, and the first Black woman programme maker at the BBC. Historian S.I. Martin and poet Patricia Foster bring Una’s story to life in this illustrated talk looking at her Southwark connections and her pioneering radio work.
Her own poetry retains its power and relevance, highlighting the racism she encountered in 1930s Britain and in poems such as Kinky Hair Blues and Black is Fancy, celebrating a Black beauty aesthetic to counter the relentless media promotion of Eurocentric beauty ideals.
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