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Harold Moody

(1882-1947), Physician; founder of the League of Coloured Peoples

Harold Arundel Moody

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Born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a pharmacist, Moody came to England in 1904 to study medicine at Kings College, London. He faced harsh racial prejudices in finding a job as a physician with any existing practice, this left him with no option but to set up his own practice in Peckham, London. Spurred by his own experiences and those of his community, he founded the League of Coloured People in 1931. The organisation aimed to fight discrimination and seek better opportunities and conditions for students and workers from Africa and the West Indies in England. He met Olive Tranter, an English nurse at the Royal Eye Hospital. The couple took the bold step to marry in 1913, a time when relationships between people from different races were unusual and were often met with hostility. The couple went on to have six children.

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Harold Moody, by Ronald Moody - NPG 6380

Harold Moody

by Ronald Moody
bronze head, 1997, based on a work of 1946
NPG 6380

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