Harold Moody(1882-1947), Physician; founder of the League of Coloured Peoples
Harold Arundel Moody
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The son of a pharmacist, Harold Moody was born in Kingston, Jamaica and came to England in 1904 to study medicine at Kings College, London. Experiencing prejudices in finding a job as a physician, he set up his own practice in Peckham, South East London. He was also a preacher in the Congregational Church and in 1931 became the founder of the League of Coloured People (1931) an organisation that aimed to fight discrimination and seek better opportunities and conditions for students and workers from Africa and the West Indies in England. He married in 1913, Olive Tranter, a nurse he worked with at the Royal Eye Hospital. Moody was named on the list of “100 Great Black Britons”.