Black British Civil Rights leader, writer, history maker, co-founder of 'Race Today Collective' honoured with a Nubian Jak plaque
On 4th January 2022, we unveiled an historic blue plaque. The plaque was produced by Nubian Jak and sponsored by Black History Walks. It was unveiled at 167 Railton Road, Brixton, presently home to the Brixton Advice Centre, in the 1970s the building was the office of the Race Today Collective.
Darcus Howe was a key figure in many major movements from; the Black Panthers, to the Mangrove 9, to Bangladeshi housing, the Black Peoples Day of Action, the Brixton uprisings, changing the face of British TV with the Bandung File, Devils Advocate and the Race Today Collective.
Between 1973-88, the ground-breaking Race Today journal was at the epicentre of the struggle for racial justice in Britain, highlighting the limitless opportunities and impacts campaigning journalism can have.
With the struggle against police racism and brutality currently happening across the world, it is vital that young activists learn about the recent history of Black Radicalism in Britain, including the Black Radical press, in order to harness the revolutionary potential of the media in the fight for racial justice.
Between 1973 and 1988, the Race Today journal and its collective of writers passionately fought police brutality, challenged racist institutions and, by adopting intersectional politics, linked the experiences of Black communities in Britain with other struggles to illustrate the interconnectedness of race, sex and class exploitation.
Under the controversial editorship of activist and former Black Panther Darcus Howe and, from 1985, his wife Leila Hassan, Race Today became a central voice for the anti-racist Black community in London.
For full article by Bryan Knight in Novara Media use this link https://novaramedia.com/2020/07/10/black-britannia-the-race-today-collective-demonstrated-the-radical-potential-of-journalism/
Agenda and timings
12pm DJ with Darcus favourite music. 12.30pm Short addresses from Leila Hassan-Howe, Nubian Jak, Aykaaya Addai-Sebo, Henry Bonsu and others. 1pm plaque unveiling, press and networking.
4th January is also CLR James ( author of the Black Jacobins) birthday.
To see our collection of lectures on Darcus Howe visit https://www.youtube.com/user/blackhistorywalks/videos
Details at www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
Watch out for our book 'Black History Walks in London Volume 1'. This is part of Jacaranda Books revolutionary Twenty in 2020 initiative to publish 20 books by 20 Black British authors in 2020. An unprecedented feat. 'Black History Walks in London Volume 1' is the 20th of that series but was delayed to this year due to the Coronavirus.