Bronze Women unveiling in 2008

The Bronze Woman is many things – she is the first public monument of a black woman in England, a symbol of the contribution of Caribbean, and indeed all, women to society and proof that people who have the courage to pursue their dreams can inspire others to great achievements. The Bronze Woman Monument was revealed in South London’s Stockwell Memorial Garden on October 8, 2008.

Rocky filming, but a clip regarding London’s first public statue of an African-Carribbean woman was unveiled on 8th October 2008 by a chosen circle of women. It was inspired by a poem called Bronze Woman, written 30 years ago by Cécile Nobrega. A keynote speech was given by the Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC – the countrys first woman Attorney General. Following this, the Monument was unveiled by a Circle of Women of Caribbean origin who have made significant contributions to British society. The Circle comprised: Cécile Nobrega; Contemporary Artist Anissa-Jane; entrepreneur Sonita Alleyne, OBE; Baroness Rosalind Howells of St Davids, OBE; community activist Jessica Huntley; Kanya King, MBE, founder of the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards; diversity expert Brenda King, MBE; equal rights campaigner Doreen Lawrence, OBE (mother of Stephen); and community campaigner Sybil Phoenix, MBE. It also included Tanisha Haynes, a pupil from Year 5 at the nearby St Mark’s Primary School.

A very special day celebrating the contribution of Caribbean people to British society and the strength and achievements of women everywhere.

Olmec helped Cécile realise her ambition by taking on the project to create the Monument. Following the statues unveiling, Olmec will establish the Bronze Woman Legacy Programme. This will underpin an educational initiative for young people and schools in south London, focusing on the arts, heritage, history, literature, conservation and citizenship.

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