British Black Power
Lecturer: Dr John Narayan, Kings College London
Oct. 1, 2020
This session examines how Britain possessed its own distinctive form of Black Power movement, which, whilst inspired and informed by its US counterpart, was rooted in anti-colonial politics, New Commonwealth immigration, and the onset of decolonisation. The session also explores how British Black Power offers valuable lessons about how the politics of anti-racism and anti-imperialism should be united in the 21st century.
- Angelo A. M. 2009. ‘The Black Panthers in London, 1967-1972: A Diasporic Struggle Navigates the Black Atlantic’ Radical History Review 2009 (103): 17-35
- Bunce, R. and Field, P. 2013. Darcus Howe: A Political Biography. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
- Narayan, John 2019. ‘British Black Power: the anti-imperialism of political blackness and the problem of nativist socialism.’ The Sociological Review. Volume: 67 issue: 5, page(s): 945-967
- Trew, W. N. 2010. Black for a Cause…Not Just Because… Derbyshire: Derwent Press.
- Waters, R. 2018. Thinking Black: Britain, 1964-1985. Oakland: University of California Press.
- Wild, R. 2008. “Black was the colour of our fight.’ Black Power in Britain, 1955-1976.” Ph.D. diss., University of Sheffield.
- Ashley John-Baptiste, The Mangrove Nine. Echoes of Black Lives Matter from 50 years ago, BBC News, 14 August 2020.
- Olaloku-Teriba, Annie 2020. ‘Political blackness and Palestinian solidarity’ Red Pepper.
- The British Black Panthers – BBC Radio 4 Documentary on British Black Panthers.
- Tell a Friend Podcast – Oral History/ Interviews with a variety of former British Black Power activists.
- Remembering Olive Collective – blog/website documenting work of Remembering Olive Collective’s work on Olive Morris.
- Special Branch Files – collection of state documents on British Black Power and attemptes to disrupt British Black Power Groups.
Questions for discussion
- Why did Black power find resonance in Britain? How did the expression of Black Power in Britain differ from its US counterpart?
- How did British Black Power narrate racism in Britain as link to other anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggles around the world? What does this mean for how we conceive anti-racism?
- To what extent is British Black Power’s idea of intercommunal anti-racist solidarity important today? What can we learn from this era?