[BLACK LIBERATION FRONT] [SOARES, Tony]
Broadside: Grass Roots Black Community Newspaper. Legal Lynching in Britain. Tony Soares, Another Victim
London: Grassroots Black Community Newspaper, [ca.1972]. Broadside drawing attention to the plight of Tony Soares, an Afro-Caribbean activist and well-known member of the Black Liberation Front who was one of the first proponents of Black Power in the UK. Soares was targeted by the Special Branch - a special intelligence unit within the British and Commonwealth police forces responsible for matters of national security - for his editorial decision in allowing an article on making Molotov cocktails (from Black Panther Community Newspaper - Vol.4, No.2) to be reprinted in Grassroots Black Community Newspaper. The Special Branch claimed they pursued him as part of a search for IRA sympathizers, though his supporters claim he was targeted for "1. Being Black, 2. Being Conscious" and "inciting Black people to defend themselves against brutality, injustice, and racism." Soares was an ardent supporter of young Afro-Caribbean men targeted by British police. The present broadside, depicting Soars hanging from a tree with an onlooker below crying "THIS IS BRITISH JUSTICE." Not found in OCLC. (See Trew, Winston. Black For A Cause...Not Just Because: The case of the 'Oval 4' and teh story it tells of Black Power in 1970s Britain. Concord: TaoFish Books, 2012). Original broadside, offset printed in black on beige stock, measuring 44cm x 61.5cm (17 3/8" x 24 1/4"). Tiny stain toward upper right corner, with a hint of sunning to extremities; very Near Fine.