Coin - Merrise Crooks-Bishton
Coin featuring Merrise Crooks-Bishton. Merrise Crooks-Bishton has been involved in literacy and community education work in Birmingham as teacher, publisher and consultant, for more than 40 years. She worked as Education Development Officer for Handsworth Alternative Scheme which was set up to assist the Probation Service to provide alternatives to custody for young black people living in Handsworth. Further, Merrise Crooks-Bishton developed and taught Literacy Classes at a number of organisations in Handsworth including, WELD Community Arts Organisation, Aston and Handsworth Institute, Harambee and AFFOR. She founded Handprint, a community education project based on Soho Road that published books which were culturally relevant to people of African Caribbean heritage. She also published a magazine called Survival produced with the help of women living and working in Handsworth.