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Dr. Harold Moody: Google Doodle celebrates the UK’s civil rights activist and physician

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Google Doodle celebrates a Jamaican-born physician in London Dr. Harold Moody, who campaigned against racial prejudice and founded the League of Colored Peoples in 1931 with the help of the Quakers and founder of the UK’s first civil rights movement, on September 1, 2020.

Who was Dr. Harold Moody?

Harold Arundel Moody was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on October 8, 1882. In 1904, he cruised to the United Kingdom to study medication at King’s College London, completing the top of his class when he qualified in 1910, matured 28. Having been denied work on account of his color, he began his medical practice in Peckham, south-east London, in February 1913.

Dr. Harold Moody
Dr. Harold Moody

In March 1931, Harold Moody formed and became president of the League of Colored Peoples (LCP), which was worried about racial equality and civil rights in Britain and somewhere else in the world. Its first individuals included C. L. R. James, Jomo Kenyatta, Una Marson, and Paul Robeson.

Dr. Harold Moody likewise campaigned against racial prejudice in the military and is credited with toppling the Special Restriction Order (or Colored Seamen’s Act) of 1925, a discriminatory measure that tried to give sponsorships to dealer shipping employing just British nationals and required alien seamen (a large number of whom had served the United Kingdom during the First World War) to register with their nearby police. Many black and Asian British nationals had no verification of identity and were made repetitive. In 1933 he got associated with the Colored Men’s Institute, established by Kamal Chunchie as a religious, social, and welfare centre for sailors.

A passionate Christian, Dr. Harold Moody was active in the Congregational Union, the Colonial Missionary Society (of which he became chair of the board of directors in 1921) and later was named president of the Christian Endeavor Union in 1936.

Having become a respected and powerful doctor in Peckham, Dr. Harold Moody was exceptionally associated with organizing the local community during the Second World War. Historian Stephen Bourne has noted: “In 1944 there was a terrible bombing in south London and he was the first doctor on the scene. He played an important role in these events, saving many lives. Yet this wartime history is not known.”

In the last months of his life, Dr. Harold Moody embraced a talking tour of North American states, and thusly passed on at his home in Queen’s Road, Peckham, on April 24, 1947, matured 64, in the wake of contracting flu.

Dr. Harold Moody Park in Nunhead was authoritatively opened in 1999. Moody is named on the list of “100 Great Black Britons”.

On 13 March 2019, a Nubian Jak Community Trust memorial blue plaque was divulged outside the YMCA Club at Tottenham Court Road, where the League of Colored Peoples was established at a meeting 88 years earlier.

On September 1, 2020, Google Doodle, outlined by Dublin-based visitor artist Charlot Kristensen, celebrates the day in 1904, Dr. Harold Moody arrived in the U.K. from Jamaica to seek after his medical studies at King’s College London.

Dr. Harold Moody was consistently rejected work because of the color bar system that denied individuals opportunities dependent on race. Rather, he opened his private medical practice in Peckham, South East London—the local that inspired the design of the buildings situated below Dr. Touchy in the present Doodle.

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