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Greater Council London.

Shivani Sivagurunathan

in Oxford Companion to Black British History

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780192804396
Greater Council London.

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Local government administrative organization for Greater London. The body was formed in 1965 and lasted until 1986 , after which it was replaced by the Greater London Authority. The Greater London Council (GLC) took over from the London County Council, which covered a smaller area. Regions covered by the GLC included London, certain sections of Surrey, Essex, Kent, Middlesex, and Hertfordshire, as well as the county boroughs of Croydon, East Ham, and West Ham.The GLC was culturally, politically, and socially involved in matters concerning ethnic‐minority communities. Of particular note was the campaigning done by the GLC's Police Committee division for police accountability during the racially tense period in the 1980s. The GLC also provided opportunities for ethnic‐minority groups to develop skills and talents. Practical training schemes were created, such as the one inaugurated in April 1985 to train black and other ethnic minorities in the field of arts administration. The Public Relations section organized numerous conferences, among them one on ‘Women, Racism and Health’ on 27 July 1985 , which dealt with the way in which racism affected the mental health of ethnic‐minority women. On a cultural level, the GLC hosted various events such as its literature competition, in which many now prominent black British writers such as Caryl Phillips and Beryl Gilroy won prizes.

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