More than 90 people attended a dayschool to celebrate the legacy of CLR James in central London last Saturday.
The conference was called on the 70th anniversary of the publication of James’s classic history of the Haitian revolution, The Black Jacobins.
Speakers talked about the inspiration of the book and how it had been written in the late 1930s to show that slaves were instrumental in their own liberation, with the direct intention of inspiring colonial subjects to resistance.
Each introduction was followed by discussion on how James’s ideas relate to current debates over the Caribbean, Africa and imperialism.
The event was organised by the London Socialist Historians Group.