Ham & High: Camden campaigner Selma James launches new book at 91

Sam Volpe0 Published: 9:34 AM August 4, 2021   

Selma James holds a Q&A celebrating her new book – at the age of 91 – in Kilburn – Credit: Global Women’s Strike/Sara Callaway

One of Camden’s most enduring civil rights campaigners Selma James launched a new book, at the age of 91, last week. 

Selma James helped found the Crossroads Women’s Centre in Kentish Town and has been a pioneering part of the antiracism and women’s rights movements for half a century.

She was at Off Side Books in Kilburn to hold an event celebrating her new anthology. 

Selma James signs her new anthology outside of a Kilburn bookshop – Credit: Global Women’s Strike/Sara Callaway

The book is called Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, & Caring for People and Planet, and features Selma’s writing on a range of intersectional campaigning issues. 

On July 23, an audience including activist Altheia Jones-LeCointe – who was one of those accused acquitted in the Mangrove 9 trial recently adapted by film director Steve McQueen – turned out to the Willesden Lane shop for an outside launch party and Q&A. 

Selma has recently been awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, honouring her decades of work in civil society.

Her book is available from Crossroads Books and in local bookshops.