We must keep fightin’1960
We must keep fightin’
Govanhill has a strong history of people fighting for better housing, community and working conditions. Govanhill Housing Association (established 1974) was one of the first locally run housing bodies in Glasgow set up to improve tenement flats in the face of Glasgow’s disastrous policy of wholesale demolition. So much of Govanhill still has an intact Victorian urban landscape. But poor housing and environmental conditions are still major issues in parts of Govanhill, and which stil need to be addressed. One of the big and ongoing struggles by the community has been to fully restore the Govanhill Baths, closed by the Council against local wishes in 2001.
On May Day 1960 tens of thousands of people marched up Victoria Road to a rally in Queens Park where they gave a standing ovation to Paul Robeson, the radical black American who sang “Ole Man River” for them.
“You an’ me, we sweat an’ strain,
Body all achin’ an’ racked wid pain –
But I keeps laffin’ instead of cyrin’
I must keep fightin’;
Until I’m dyin’“
He also told Glasgow people “You will need all the strength you have got to see that you who create the wealth of the country have a chance to enjoy it!”