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Moving Against the System

Moving Against the System

The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness

Edited by David Austin

Series: Black Critique



(with free eBook)



A revolutionary collection of black radical thought from a historic event in 1968.

In 1968, as protests shook France and war raged in Vietnam, the giants of Black radical politics descended on Montreal to discuss the unique challenges and struggles facing their Black brothers and sisters. For the first time since 1968, David Austin brings alive the speeches and debates of the most important international gathering of Black radicals of the era.

Against a backdrop of widespread racism in the West, and colonialism and imperialism in the 'Third World', this group of activists, writers and political figures gathered to discuss the history and struggles of people of African descent and the meaning of Black Power.

With never-before-seen texts from Stokely Carmichael, Walter Rodney and C.L.R. James, these documents will prove invaluable to anyone interested in Black radical thought, as well as capturing a crucial moment of the political activity around 1968.

David Austin teaches Humanities, Philosophy and Religion at John Abbott College, Montreal. He is the winner of the 2014 Casa de las Americas Prize, is the author of Dread Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution (Pluto, 2018) and the editor of Moving Against the System, The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness (Pluto, 2018).

Introduction: The Dialect of Liberation: The Congress of Black Writers at 50 and Beyond - David Austin
1. The Psychology of Subjection: Race Relations in the United States of America - Alvin Poussaint
2. The Haitian Revolution and the History of Slave Revolt - C. L. R. James
3. The Fathers of the Modern Revolt: Marcus Garvey and the Origins of Black Power - Robert Hill
4. African History in the Service of the Black Liberation - Walter Rodney
5. The Civilizations of Ancient Africa - Richard B. Moore
7. Race in Britain and the Way Out - Richard Small
8. Moving Against the System: New Directions for the Black Struggle - Harry Edwards
9. Frantz Fanon and the Third World - James Forman
10. Black Power in the USA - Stokely Carmichael
11. A Black Woman Speaks Out by Barbara Jones, McGill Reporter, November 4, 1968
12. You Don't Play with Revolution, Interview with C. L. R. James by Michael Smith, McGill Reporter, November 4, 1968
13. On the Banning of Walter Rodney from Jamaica -
C. L. R. James at Montreal Rally
14. Letter to C. L. R. James from Rosie Douglas, June 9, 1968
15. Letter to Rosie Douglas from C. L. R. James, June 27, 1968
Published by Pluto Press in Sep 2018
Paperback ISBN: 9780745338651
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745338668
eBook ISBN: 9781786803795

240 pages

135mm x 215mm