Clapham Inter-Racial Club was formed in May 1959, and by November of that year had achieved a membership of 126. As the South London Press reported, 'Half of the members are West Indians, 30 per cent are English, and the remainder are of other races'. As with all such clubs, the Clapham club maintained regular contact with the West Indies High Commissions, and ran socials and discussions, and regular charity dances at Wandsworth Town Hall.
They were particularly prominent in the West Indian music life of the capital. David Davidson, secretary of the club, was, according to Flamingo magazine, the 'veteran organiser of most of the big successful West Indian events in London'. Within six months of their founding, they had secured a broadcast on the BBC's Caribbean Service. In 1964, they teamed up with Flamingo to present a well-attended talent contest at St Pancras Town Hall, compared by Shake Keane of the Joe Harriott Quintet.
True to the philanthropic aims of inter-racial clubs, and reflecting their location within networks of local dignitaries, such events raised money for charitable causes-cancer research, Freedom From Hunger-and were attended by local mayors and family, aldermen, councillors, members of parliament, and high commissioners. Later in life, again in common with other inter-racial clubs formed in the 1950s and 1960s, the Clapham club became an affiliate of its local Council for Community Relations.