Wed, 30 Aug 2023, 7:00 - 8:30 PM (BST)
Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX
Join the editor of 'Many Struggles: New Histories of African and Caribbean People in Britain', Hakim Adi, in conversation with one of the book's contributors, Amelia Francis.
The history of African and Caribbean people in Britain is centuries long. Although integral to, and indivisible from ‘British history’, it is usually treated as a footnote – or forgotten altogether. But with the flourishing of the Black Lives Matter uprisings, and fierce debates around the legacies of colonialism, has come a renewed hunger for the recovery of this history.
Many Struggles includes contributions from an array of emerging historians and scholar-activists. Covering the sixteenth to the late twentieth centuries, the book reveals the long history of African and Caribbean people in Britain. Drawing on new archival research, Many Struggles emphasises often-neglected themes such as local histories, women, gender and political activism.
Amelia Francis is a PhD student at the University of Chichester, researching women’s involvements in Britain’s Black radical organisations during the 1960s-1980s, and the development of a Black women’s movement. In addition to this PhD research, she is in the process of writing a publication celebrating the longstanding and far-reaching activism of Gerlin Bean, entitled Mother of the Movement, which is set to be published by Lawrence Wishart in October 2023. Francis is also a consultant to the Young Historians Project, member of the History Matters collective, co-founder and Editor in Chief of the History Matters Journal.
Hakim Adi was the first person of African heritage to be appointed a professor of history in Britain, and currently teaches at the University of Chichester. He is the author of numerous books including African and Caribbean People in Britain: A History, West Africans in Britain 1900-1960 and Pan-Africanism: A History. He has made numerous documentary film, television and radio appearances, and is included in the book 100 Great Black Britons.
Hakim Adi’s post is at risk of redundancy as The University of Chichester is shutting down the MRes History of Africa & the African Diaspora course. Please sign this petition and help stop this from happening.
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Explores the long history of Black people in Britain, with an emphasis on women, queer projects and political activism