The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Unemployment Crisis for Birmingham West Indian School Leavers
Birmingham's lost black generation: undermined by the racism that's stifling the dynamism of a young workforce.
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1976 saw the introduction of a new Race Relations Act that aimed to end workplace discrimination. Prior to the Act's introduction Reg Harcourt finds out what life was like for young black people on the streets of Birmingham. Let down by the system and struggling against poverty and the harsh reality of unemployment a bleak future was predicted. Local community leader James Hunte warns of serious problems ahead foreshadowing the riots that would engulf the area in 1981.