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The Alabama miners strike of 1920—striking a blow at racism

The Alabama miners strike of 1920—striking a blow at racism One hundred years ago miners went on strike in Alabama, in the US Deep South. Tomáš Tengely-Evans spoke to historian Brian Kelly about how their action helped to challenge the hold of racial segregation

Rosa Parks—A radical civil rights activist who fought tirelessly

Rosa Parks—A radical civil rights activist who fought tirelessly In a testimonial to other activists, Rosa Parks wrote, “freedom fighters never retire”. And for her, this proved to be true.

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti—Defying colonialism for women’s liberation

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti—Defying colonialism for women’s liberation British rulers of Nigeria had hoped that Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti could be an emblem of their “benevolent imperialism”.

Hilarius Gilges—black German communist who fought Nazis

Hilarius Gilges—black German communist who fought Nazis The long-feared knock at the door finally came at around 10pm. Outside the Nazi Gestapo, together with a dozen SS soldiers, barked and cheered knowing that they had got their man.

Chinua Achebe—a pioneering writer who skewered colonialism

Chinua Achebe—a pioneering writer who skewered colonialism Chinua Achebe transformed African writing. He was born in 1930 in Nigeria, at the time a British colony.

Frank Crichlow— taking an inspiring stand against the establishment

Frank Crichlow— taking an inspiring stand against the establishment Frank Crichlow “first came into contact with Notting Hill police station” after he opened a cafe in west London in 1959. He was to become an icon of ­resistance to the cops’ repression for the rest of his life.

Udham Singh—revolutionary who took revenge for empire

29 September 2020
As Sir Michael O’Dwyer left the speakers’ table after his lecture for the East India Association in London 80 years ago, an Asian man rushed from the audience as if to greet him.

Olive Morris—a tragically short life dedicated to struggle

18 September 2020
Teenager Olive Morris was hanging out at Desmond’s Hip City record shop in Brixton, south London, on a Saturday afternoon in November 1969 when it happened.

James Baldwin—a lifetime issuing an anti-racist call to arms

15 September 2020
When James Baldwin was born in Harlem, New York, he was “set down in a ghetto” where society “intended you should perish”.

Frantz Fanon—a vital defence of violence by the oppressed

04 September 2020
Every struggle that confronts the violence of the system by throwing back some of its own faces the accusation that resistance itself is the problem. In response many turn to the ideas of Frantz Fanon—the anti-colonial writer and activist.

Carlota Lucumi—when Spanish slave owners cowered in fear

31 August 2020
Waves of rebellions—from on ships to at plantations—were central to ending slavery.

Pritilata Waddedar - demanding equality in the struggle for Indian freedom

18 August 2020
She said, 'Today if our brothers can enlist in the war of independence, we too the women should be allowed to do the same'

William Cuffay - a fighter to the end against the rich ‘vermin’

16 August 2020
William Cuffay was one of the most prominent leaders of the working class movement in 19th century Britain.

Stokely Carmichael —‘What we gonna start saying is Black Power’

07 August 2020
 He said, “This is the twenty-seventh time I have been arrested. I ain’t going to jail no more. What we gonna start saying now is ‘Black Power’.”

Thomas Sankara—Goal of liberation couldn’t come from above

04 August 2020
Thomas Sankara is ­sometimes referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara”. 

CLR James —‘The coming revolution will be black and white’

27 July 2020
Black people’s resistance was key to abolishing slavery and ending feudalism—and it will be key to winning socialism.

Assata Shakur—a revolutionary who defied US state repression

20 July 2020
To be a black revolutionary in the US in the early 1970s was to accept the likelihood of prison or death. Assata Shakur, who was born JoAnne Deborah Bryon, knew the risks and faced both.

Ida B Wells, a writer who exposed the racist terror of lynching

12 July 2020
'Tell the world the facts,' said Wells as she unmasked US racism

Claude McKay, a poet, activist and communist

03 July 2020
“If we must die, O let us nobly die/So that our precious blood may not be shed/In vain,” is perhaps another way of saying that black lives matter.

Kwame Nkrumah - learn from militant fight against imperialism

28 June 2020
In 1945 Kwame Nkrumah was one of only 100 people who gathered at the Pan-African Congress in Manchester to plan the end of empire.

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