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Ajamu X (born 1963 in Huddersfield) is a British artist, curator, archivist and activist. He is best known for his fine art photography which explores same-sex love, and the Black male body, and his work as an archivist and activist to document the lives and experiences of black LGBTQ people in the UK.

Personal Life

Ajamu came out as gay to his parents in his late teens and describes their reaction as "impressively progressive for the times". He studied Black History and photography in Leeds. While in Leeds, he and two friends created the magazine BLAC, an acronym for Black Liberation Activist Core. In October 1987, after seeing it advertised in the newspaper Caribbean Times, Ajamu attended the first, and only, National Black Gay Men's Conference held at the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre in Camden. By January the following year, he had moved to London. He was given the name Ajamu in 1991; it means "he who fights for what he believes".