Latham Supports Launch of UK Oral History Project

A London-based team offers pro bono support to The Making of Black Britain, which preserves the stories of the Black British community.

April 25, 2022

The Making of Black Britain (MOBB) is dedicated to telling stories that “capture the everyday of everyone; every color, class, and creed, from generation to generation.” Led by British television presenter Diane Louise Jordan, MOBB seeks to document the transformation of Britain from the start of mass migration from Commonwealth nations in the postwar period to today — gathering oral histories relating to the Black British community from people around the UK.

A cross-practice London-based team provided pro bono support to MOBB, including drafting and negotiating the contracts and privacy policies that will enable MOBB to collect and collate the stories that will form the foundation of the project. Additionally, these contracts will allow MOBB to establish and maintain a digital archive with Google.

“We congratulate Diane and The Making of Black Britain on its launch, and we celebrate its vital mission of memorializing the stories of the Black British community and preserving them as part of Britain’s national heritage,” said Latham partner David Ziyambi, who led the Latham team.

The Latham team advising MOBB also included Nick Cline, Gail Crawford, Patrick Mitchell, Rachael Astin, Danielle van der Merwe, Chidi Onyeche, Lucy Tucker, Amrita Ahuja, Katie Henshall, Amber Tope, and Alice Brunning.

Along with advising MOBB, associate Chidi Onyeche also shared her story with MOBB — and was featured on ITV News. Watch the interview here.

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