Londonist Staff50 Years Of The London Boroughs: Diversity And Equalities
Over the last 50 years the London Boroughs have had to respond to massive social and demographic change. During that time London truly became a multi-cultural city and equal opportunities became a very hot topic.
In the middle of the 20th century one in 20 Londoners had been born outside the UK — a tiny fraction would be black or of Asian origin. By the 1990s 1.35 million black and Asian origin Londoners accounted for just over one in five of the Greater London population. Successive waves of social change reshaped the communities of post-war London; anti-discrimination movements were finding traction as the London boroughs pioneered their own approaches to the promotion of tolerance and cohesion in their own diverse communities. Difference was now the unifying trait between Londoners.
This selection of images shows various initiatives where local London government responded to the needs of their communities. Read more about how London and Londoners changed during half a century and have a look at the entire gallery online, for pictures of an anti-apartheid rally, Bernie Grant, challenges to racism, different religious ceremonies, the first wheelchair-using Mayor, Holocaust memorial day, civil partnerships and the modern citizenship ceremony.