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Films from the Lounge - Harold Moody (Hidden History)

article thumb - Screenshot from the film Harold Moody (Hidden History)

Screenshot from the film Harold Moody (Hidden History)


Documentary about Dr Harold Moody (1882-1947), the

prominent physician who came to London from Jamaica, established the League of Coloured Peoples advancing rights for Black people in Britain whilst serving and practicing in Queen's Road Peckham.

Date & time

Date:23 October 2021

Time:2.30pm to 3pm

Event Details

Address:Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library
146 Walworth Road

Post code:SE17 1RW

Tickets:Due to Covid restrictions booking is essential. Please email Lisa at


This is the story of Jamaican born Dr Harold Moody who qualified as a doctor in London in 1912 and set up his practice in 1913 serving the people of Peckham. Dr Moody was an outstanding medical practitioner and academic. However, despite his excellent qualifications, he was turned down for positions at both King’s College Hospital and the Camberwell Board of Guardians because of racism. It was the racist treatment of black people that lead him to become one of the founders of the League of Coloured Peoples in 1931. Dr. Moody’s religious and spiritual ideology heavily influenced his life and family. He helped change government legislation on the treatment of Black people in the Armed forces and was a strong and reassuring presence in Peckham throughout WW2.
This documentary was one of four produced for the BBC’s ‘Hidden History’ television series by October Films Ltd. that concentrate on the important contribution of four 19th and 20th century Black British notables.


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