When: August 29 – September 5, 1958

Where: Notting Hill, England

Between August 29 and September 5, 1958, there were a series of racially motivated race riots in Notting Hill between ‘Teddy Boys’ and Caribbean Immigrants. Some of these riots included the attack of Majbritt Morrison for her romantic relationship with her Jamaican husband.

‘Teddy Boys’ emerged in post-war Britain, inspired by the rebel music of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley as well as dandies fashion of the Edwardian period. Many of them formed gangs and were known for their unprovoked attacks on immigrants.

Documents released later revealed that superior police officers had been warned that racial prejudice is what was causing many of these attacks but they ignored this and instead amalgamated the riots as “ruffians, both coloured and white, who seized the opportunity to engage in hooliganism.”

 

Further Reading:

Burrell, Ian. “The Home Office Cover up of Notting Hill’s Race Riots.” Independent, August 23, 2003, p. 11.

Cousins, Emily. “The Notting Hill Riots (1958).” Black Past. June 8, 2010.

Hinds, Donald. “The West Indian Gazette: Claudia Jones and the Black Press in Britain.” Race and Class 50, no. 1 (2008): 88-97.

Johnson, W. Chris. “Guerrilla Ganja Gun Girls: Policing Black Revolutionaries from Notting Hill to Laventille.” Gender and History 26, no. 3 (2014): 661-687.

Jones, Matthew. “Loving the Alien: After the Notting Hill Race Riots” in Science Fiction Cinema and 1950s Britain, pp. 121-132. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.

Olden, Mark. “White Riot: The Week Notting Hill Exploded.” Independent. June 4, 2020.

Pilkington, Edward. Beyond the Mother Country: West Indians and the Notting Hill White Riots. London: I.B. Tauris, 1988.

Vaughn, Matthew. “Accepting the ‘D’ Word: Discrimination in the 1960s’ UK Academic Discourse.” Race and Class 61, no. 2 (2019): 85-95.