The Ladywell Action Centre (LAC) was established by Australian Mike Steele (National Press Officer for the Liberal Party), and Trinidadian Frank Jeremiah. The two had got to know each other after both wrote in to the Lambeth Borough News in 1967, complaining about its coverage of a local race issue. Steele got Jeremiah involved with the local Liberal Party, and Jeremiah subsequently stood as a candidate in 1968 council elections. Formed in February 1969, the LAC met at Algerton Road’s congregational church, aiming to provide advice and welfare, and deal with local “race relations” problems. Self-financed, the centre ran each Monday. By October 1969, it also hosted a play group, and began taking on cases of police racism. In 1980, the LAC established the Black Leadership Project, also securing Urban Aid funds from Lewisham Council to fund two workers.