Legal History: Mavis Best and the ‘Scrap SUS’ Campaign (1977-81)
In 1970’s London, the notorious Sus law (based on the 1824 Vagrancy Act) was used by police to stop, search, arrest, detain and assault young black men. Mavis Best and a group of black women from Lewisham lobbied the police and the government to scrap the sus law. It took numerous demonstrations and meetings with Government officials but within 3 years the law was scrapped. This was a major chapter in the Black British fight for civil rights.
Video Credit: Special thanks to Tony Walker (www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk)