If only everything in this life was so easy.
I have just received an email from the Black and Ethnic Minority Arts Network informing me that Hackney Council has agreed in principle to keeping the name CLR James for Dalston's library. The email reads:
Following a short meeting between representatives of BEMA and Members and officers of Hackney Council, an in principle agreement has been reached that the name of the new facility will carry the name of CLR James Library as per our campaign demand. A formal statement will follow shortly. Many thanks to the thousands who have supported our successful campaign online and in other ways.
Bema will be playing an ongoing role in the development of a permanent CLR James exhibition at the new library as well as the establishment of an annual event commemorating his life and work.
Ngoma Bishop & Andrea Enisuoh
I have to say normally I am lukewarm about 1980s style groups like BEMA, but on this issue at least they appear to have scored a goal. Well done.