The Colour Bar, book by Dr Harold Moody

Dr Harold Moody1945

Black Cultural Archives

Black Cultural Archives
London, United Kingdom

Dr Harold Moody was born in 1882 in Kingston, Jamaica and settled in England in 1904 to study medicine at King’s college. He was denied employment due to the Colour Bar in Britain. The Colour Bar is a social system that denies people rights and opportunities on the grounds of race. After being rejected from numerous job opportunities, he created his own practice in Peckham, London in 1913.
In 1931 he formed the League of Coloured Peoples to combat the Colour Bar. This image is a booklet of Moody’s extension letters at St Luke’s College, Mildway Centre, 1945. The opening paragraph reads:
"When I first commenced my work in connection with the League of Coloured Peoples it was not considered right and proper to talk about the Colour Bar. I was among the first to deal with this subject in a public manner and to bring it out in the open, and many of our Christian leaders, personal friends of mine, looked upon me with a certain amount of suspicion."
The aims of the League of Coloured Peoples was as follows:
1. To promote and protect the Social, Educational, Economic and Political Interests of its members;
2. To interest members in the Welfare of Coloured Peoples in all parts of the World;
3. To improve relations between the Races;
4. To cooperate and affiliate with organisations sympathetic to coloured people
Creating his own practice and forming the League of Coloured Peoples demonstrates Moody’s commitment to campaigning for racial equality.


  • Title: The Colour Bar, book by Dr Harold Moody
  • Creator: Dr Harold Moody
  • Date Created: 1945

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