One of Brixton’s truly iconic buildings, the Lloyd Leon Community Centre, known to many as the domino club, is looking to its future in a post-pandemic world and is seeking local opinions.
The centre on Coldharbour Lane was given to Brixton’s Black community in the aftermath of the uprising of 1981.
It is the home of the internationally acclaimed Brixton Dominoes Club and the equally well known Brixton Soup Kitchen.
Lloyd Leon, who was instrumental in establishing the centre, was Lambeth’s first Black mayor.
The Ubele Initiative, an African diaspora led intergenerational social enterprise, is leading the development of the centre.
Over the next few years it plans to work with local stakeholders to extend and refurbish the centre, provide new services, and create new management arrangements.
As part of this process, Ubele and Lambeth Council are bringing together community activists, local councillors and BAME architects in an online “Re-imagining a Black-led Community Space in Brixton” event.
On Tuesday 15 September from 6.30 to 8.30 pm, Ubele says it will be an opportunity to share emerging plans for the redevelopment of the site and, most of all, to discuss what a Black-led community space in Brixton could mean for future generations.
Yvonne Field, founder and CEO of The Ubele Initiative said: “The idea of an online event that focuses attention on the iconic Lloyd Leon Community Centre in Brixton is timely.
“Not only does it allow us to announce ambitious plans for the redevelopment of the site, but it also offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate Lambeth council’s commitment to collaborating with the Black community to secure a historic, much used, and highly appreciated Black-led community space for future generations.”
Ubele said the event also aims to also offer an important strategic intervention in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter movement, which resulted in ambitious anti-racist commitments being made by global through to local companies, institutions, and organisations.
For more information and to register for the online event, please visit the Ubele website.
Eventbrite page: Re-imagining a Black-led Community Space in Brixton