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Radical Black Lives


Olive Morris—a tragically short life dedicated to struggle

Olive Morris—a tragically short life dedicated to struggle 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

James Baldwin—a lifetime issuing an anti-racist call to arms When James Baldwin was born in Harlem, New York, he was “set down in a ghetto” where society “intended you should perish”.

A vital defence of violence by the oppressed

A vital defence of violence by the oppressed 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

Carlota Lucumi—when Spanish slave owners cowered in fear Waves of rebellions—from on ships to at plantations—were central to ending slavery.

Pritilata Waddedar - demanding equality in the struggle for Indian freedom

Pritilata Waddedar - demanding equality in the struggle for Indian freedom 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’

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

W.E.B Du Bois—a pioneer of anti-racist theory and struggle

21 June 2020
Du Bois was one of the most prolific and popular sociologists, academics and civil rights activists of the first half of the 20th century

Fannie Lou Hamer: ‘I am sick and tired of being sick and tired’

15 June 2020
The indomitable political activist Fannie Lou Hamer was one of the most urgent and important voices of the US civil rights movement.

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