• Full title:   The Keys.
  • Published:   1935
  • Formats:  Periodical
  • Creator:   League of Coloured Peoples , Una Marson
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Harold Moody moved to England from Jamaica in 1904 and founded the League of Coloured Peoples (LCP) in 1931. Dedicated to achieving racial equality, the LCP campaigned for political and social change, and ran community programmes. The Keys, established in 1933, was the official publication of the LCP.

Edited by Una Marson, the journal was a crucial voice for the Pan-African and anti-colonial movements of the time. Stories ranged from the experiences of Caribbean migrants in Britain, to critical essays by writers such as Learie Constantine and C L R James.

The first image shown here, of the cover from the January–March 1935 issue, features a photograph of one of the outings for children to Epsom Downs in Surrey organised by the LCP. The second image presents the aims of the LCP, which included ‘To promote and protect the Social, Educational, Economic and Political Interests of its members’ and ‘To improve relations between the Races’. The following pages contain Una Marson’s editorial.