Darcus Howe: A Political Biography

Darcus Howe: A Political Biography

by Robin Bunce, Paul Field


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Darcus Howe: A Political Biography by Robin Bunce, Paul Field

Darcus Howe: a Political Biography examines the struggle for racial justice in Britain, through the lens of one of Britain's most prominent and controversial black jourbanalists and campaigners.

Born in Trinidad during the dying days of British colonialism, Howe has become an uncompromising champion of racial justice. The book examines how Howe's unique political outlook was inspired by the example of his friend and mentor C.L.R. James, and forged in the heat of the American civil rights movement, as well as Trinidad's Black Power Revolution.

The book sheds new light on Howe's leading role in the defining struggles in Britain against institutional racism in the police, the courts and the media. It focuses on his part as a defendant in the trial of the Mangrove Nine, the high point of Black Power in Britain; his role in conceiving and organizing the Black People's Day of Action, the largest ever demonstration by the black community in Britain; and his later work as one of a prominent jourbanalist and political commentator.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474218450
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/26/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robin Bunce is Director of Studies for Politics at Homerton College, Cambridge, UK, and a Bye-Fellow in History at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, UK.

Paul Field worked as a jourbanalist for many years during which he covered issues including policing, and asylum, before qualifying as a lawyer practicing in the fields of discrimination and employment.

Table of Contents

Author ' s Preface
Introduction – ‘Darcus Howe is a West Indian'
1 Son of a Preacher Man
2 ‘ Dabbling with Revolution ' : Black Power Comes to Britain
3 Know Yourself
4 Cause for Concern
5 ‘ Darcus Howe is not a Comedian '
6 Revolution in Trinidad: ‘Seize Power and send for James'
7 A Resting Place in Babylon: Frank Crichlow and the Mangrove
8 Demonstration
9 Clampdown
10 55 Days at the Old Bailey
11 Towards Racial Justice
12 Race Today: ‘Come what may here to stay'
13 Ten Years on bail: ‘Darcus outta jail'
14 ‘Thirteen Dead and Nothing Said'
15 Insurrection
16 Carnival: Revolutionaries Don't Wear Glitter
17 Playing Devil's Advocate
18 Slave Nation
19 Fight to the Finish

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