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Black Radical History

Black Radical History

A five week Workers’ Educational Association course

14 October 2016

October 2016, Black Radical History WEA Course @ People's History Museum. Migrants make the NHS Anti Racist Day march, photograph © Mark Krantz

Time 13:00 - 15:30

Duration 2 hours 30 minutes

Cost £40.30 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits

Black History Month Greater Manchester 2016As part of Black History Month, we are hosting a five week Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) course to explore how black radicals have made history.  From opposition to slavery and the
battle for the vote, to the fight against racism and Islamophobia, and the question of supporting refugees today.  The course will include a presentation from the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and a visit to the PHM’s archives and galleries.

The uprising of slaves on the sugar island of Saint-Domingue began in 1791 and lasted for 13 years.  A slave army led by Toussaint-Louverture defeated the professional armies sent to crush the revolt.  Spain, France and Britain were defeated and the slaves won their freedom in the country known today as Haiti.

William Cuffay was a Chartist leader at the forefront of the struggle to win the vote in Britain.  Cuffay was the son of a former slave, he led strikes, spoke at meetings, and led protests of mainly white workers across the country.

When Abraham Lincoln declared the abolition of slavery during the American Civil War, 30 former slaves who had escaped to Britain spoke at meetings in the Manchester area.  They played a crucial role in winning workers to support the union struggle that defeated the army of the slave holding states of the Southern Confederacy.

Too often the role of black people in the struggles for their own liberation is omitted from history.  This course places black radicals at the centre of historical change, exploring the history and politics of race, and strategies for fighting racism.

Topics this course will cover:7 & 14 October 2016, Black Radical History WEA Course @ People's History Museum. TUC anti racist march Liverpool, photograph © Mark Krantz

  • Opposition to slavery, and the American Civil War
  • William Cuffay and the fight for the vote
  • Racism and anti racism from the 1970s until today
  • Rebel women from Farhat Khan, and Lydia Besong, to Manjeet Kaur and Aderonke Apata
  • The challenge of Islamophobia, stereotyping, and the Prevent agenda

Suitable for 19 years and over

Course runs Friday 7 October to Friday 4 November 2016

Booking Requirements: Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or booking online via WEA’s website.  Please quote course ref C3839448

*Please note this is a five week course, attendees are required to book onto all five weeks of the course*