Colin Jones (b. London, United Kingdom) was a ballet dancer turned photojournalist who was best known for his seminal series of photographs taken in a hostel known as 'The Black House' on Holloway Road in Islington, London between 1973 and 1976. Commissioned by the 'Sunday Times' magazine in 1973, the photographs were published in a book of the same title in 2006. The late 1960s and early 1970s were a complex time for migrant communities in Britain – the political Right demanded the tightening of anti-immigration legislation, and discrimination and unemployment were common. At the same time, the 1966 Local Government Act extended funds to local authorities to institute a wide range of community-based projects. As the first generation of Afro-Caribbean people to be born in Britain, a number of young people experienced prejudice and discrimination in education, employment and from the police and the criminal justice system.

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