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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-TRINIDADIAN " Dr JOHN ALCINDOR " WAS A PHYSICIAN FROM TRINIDAD WHO SETTLED IN LONDON : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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John Alcindor
John Alcindor
John Alcindor (8 or 9 July 1873–25 October 1924)[1] was a physician from Trinidad who settled in London. He is known for his role in the African Progress Union.

Contents  
1 Life
2 Activism
3 Legacy

Life
He was educated at Saint Mary's College and then went as a medical student to Edinburgh University on a scholarship.[2] He graduated there with a medical degree in 1899.[3] He then worked in London hospitals, going into practice on his own around 1907.[4] At this period he played cricket, as a wicket keeper for London teams.[5]

Refused a place in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Alcindor was awarded a Red Cross medal for his work with the wounded at London rail stations during World War I.[6]

Alcindor served as senior district medical officer in Paddington from 1921 to his death.[7]

Activism
Alcindor associated in the late 1890s with the group around Henry Sylvester-Williams and his African Association. They were behind the First Pan-African Conference in 1900, which he attended in London, as a delegate from the Afro-West Indian Society.[3][8][9]

Alcindor became the second president of the African Progress Union in 1921, succeeding John Archer.[4]

Alcindor presided on the first day of the 2nd Pan-African Congress in 1921, with Rev. W. H. Jernagin.[10] He spoke at the 3rd Pan-African Congress in 1923.[11][12]

Legacy
In July 2014 a blue plaque in his honour was unveiled at the site of Alcindor's surgery,[13] which is now the Medical Centre in Harrow Road, Paddington.[14][15]