British Black Power, Leila Hassan-Howe in conversation

Wednesday 3 November 2021

Black British Civil Rights activist, leader, writer, history maker and co-founder of the 1970s ‘Race Today Collective’ tells her story


Leila Hassan-Howe has fought against state and street racism since the 1970s. She was strategist and activist in her own right quite apart from being the wife of the legendary Black Power activist Darcus Howe.

This event is organised by Black History Walks in conjunction with the Sarah Parker Remond Centre at U.C.L

In this illustrated talk Ms Hassan Howe will take us through her story: from working class London to upper class Africa and back, life as one of only three black girls in a racist grammar school, taking over a colonialist institution, publishing a newspaper Race Today, organising cultural events in the 70’s and 80’s, liberating properties, challenging police brutality,20,000 marchers on the Black Peoples Day of Action 1981, documenting the 1981 uprisings, the parallels with Black Lives Matter in 2020 and much more.

This is an online talk at 6.30pm UK time and will be delivered via Zoom. Please check your JUNK MAIL for the confirmation and reminder emails

This event is part of the Darcus Howe Weekender. From the 3rd November we will be hosting 4 nights of films and talks on his life and work. Half of the events will be virtual and the other half will be in real life.

  • Wednesday 3rd November (ONLINE) British Black Power: Leila Hassan Howe
  • Thursday 4th November (ONLINE) Darcus Howe a personal journey with commentary from Leila Hassan Howe
  • Friday 5th November (PHYSICAL) film at BFI Southbank ‘Cause for Concern’ 1968. Darcus Howe takes on Metropolitan Police racism in this very rare TV broadcast of the black community standing up to institutional racism.
  • Saturday 6th November (PHYSICAL) 11am to 7pm. Full day of films featuring Darcus Howe including rare episodes of Bandung File, Devils Advocate. Plus on stage interviews and Q&A’s with his contemporaries.

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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.

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