Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) launched its campaign against the fascist British National Party (BNP) in Barking & Dagenham on Friday of last week at two secondary schools in the borough.
The award-winning singer Ms Dynamite spoke and performed to years nine and ten at Barking Abbey School after being invited there by two student supporters of LMHR.
She denounced racism as a “senseless, destructive symbol of fear” and urged everyone to get involved in the struggle against racism and fascism.
Across the borough at Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham, Liverpool based band Fade2 performed to a packed hall of 800 pupils.
“These brilliant performances are much needed in an area like Barking & Dagenham,” said local Labour councillor Milton McKenzie.
“This activity sends a strong message to all the people in Barking & Dagenham about what the LMHR campaign is and how to get involved.”
Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism, described the day as “a big success”, adding that “students, staff and guests all agreed these were tremendously positive events in the battle to combat racism.”
In early Autumn Dirty Pretty Things and Roll Deep will play a LMHR gig in Dagenham.
LMHR Stoke gig, Thursday 27 July 10pm-2.30am, Club Liquid, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent