Black history – Black struggle
September 13, 2011 — Press release
Written by Institute of Race Relations
Race & Class October 2011 examines hitherto neglected areas of black history by unknown black strugglers across the last century.
The story of the 1975 Spaghetti House siege is, for the first time, told from the inside, by protagonist Shujaa Moshesh drawing on his letters and poems from prison. From across the Atlantic, Stephen Jones an ex-prisoner explains how the US prison regimen he experienced, at the time of The Soledad Brothers, became the classroom for radical black education. Forty years after the Attica prison riots, we republish the Liberation Faction’s Manifesto of Demands as a timely reminder of that milestone in prison resistance. Here is the as yet untold story of Barbadian-born seafarer Chris Braithwaite, the lynchpin of an anti-colonial maritime network in interwar London, and organiser in both the Communist party and the Pan-African movement. How the Communist International and especially the party in the Soviet Union responded to the racism perpetrated by white students against Black US and African students studying at the Lenin School in the 1930s is scrutinised.
Historians of black and socialist history, commentators and activists from the US and UK contribute to Black history – Black struggle.
- Spaghetti House siege: making the rhetoric real by Jenny Bourne
- ‘Seize the time’: an interview with Stephen Jones by Avery F. Gordon
- Mariner, renegade and castaway: Chris Braithwaite, seamen’s organiser and Pan-Africanist by Christian Høgsbjerg (DOWNLOAD A FREE PDF)
- Race, politics and US students in 1930s Soviet Russia by Meredith L. Roman
- Harriet Beecher Stowe’s other novel – Dred on the London stage by Hazel Waters
- Malcolm X: a life of reinvention reviewed by Yohuru Williams
- Black for a Cause … Not Just Because … reviewed by Colin Prescod
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