Still We Rise

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5 days later, the following footage was posted on Twitter of a white man failing to comply with police commands. The location is unknown although it is clear it is in the USA.

August 30, 2020

“I’m the only cast member who had their own unique experience of that franchise based on their race,” he says, holding my gaze. “Let’s just leave it like that. It makes you angry with a process like that. It makes you much more militant; it changes you. Because you realise, ‘I got given this opportunity but I’m in an industry that wasn’t even ready for me.’ Nobody else in the cast had people saying they were going to boycott the movie because [they were in it].

September 2, 2020

It’s no surprise that racist narratives quickly surfaced in response to Rashford’s project of poverty alleviation.

September 10, 2020

I CROSSED by ALI AL’AMIN MAZRUI

When I grasp you, my hands grasp nothing
but a corpse that died with no justice

I AM I by ALI AL’AMIN MAZRUI

River –
We stand on your bank
tears falling on us
that stream into your heart

DOOR by ALI AL’AMIN MAZRUI

Everything looks at you twice
Ashamed, you look away,
you let it happen.
You can’t look for a fight.

THE HOUSE NEGRO & THE FIELD NEGRO, MALCOLM X (1963)

So you have two types of Negro. The old type and the new type. Most of you know the old type. When you read about him in history during slavery he was called “Uncle Tom.” He was the house Negro. And during slavery you had two Negroes. You had the house Negro and the field Negro.

MALCOLM X INTERVIEWED ON US TV SHOW, FRONT PAGE CHALLENGE: 1965

Malcolm speaks on his split from the Nation of Islam, the accusation that he called Martin Luther King an Uncle Tom; the accusation that he preaches hate and exactly wha he means by saying, by any means necessary.

MALCOLM X: DEMOCRACY IS HYPOCRISY

“They attack the victim, and then accuse the victim on attacking them”

VIDEO: THE RACIAL CONSEQUENCES OF WINSTON CHURCHILL, CHURCHILL COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, UK

When fighting insurgents in Sudan in his early career, Mr Churchill boasted of killing three “savages.”

CLIP: South Africa – Steve Biko on the rise of African nationalism in the 1970s

teve Biko describes the full range of measures employed by the South African government to supress any kind of political activity within the African community.

CLIP: Race Relations Act of 1968, UK

The debate over the powers available to enforce the Race Relations Act: are the powers strong enough and if not, how can it possibly work?

CLIP: White views of immigrants to the UK, 1964

The report includes a secret recording of an Indian man refused a hair cut from a local barber.

CLIP: SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO UPRISING, 1976

Although students protested about this peacefully they were met with tear gas and bullets from security forces. T

CLIP: NOTTING HILL UPRISING, UK, 1958

Tensions between members of the white working class and the new African Caribbean residents broke into open violence in 1958 and 1959 with attacks by white youths (‘Teddy Boys’) on Caribbean people and properties, followed by counter-attacks by members of the Caribbean population.

CLIP: POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST DEMONSTRATORS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, USA, 1963

The Alabama state police brutally attacked the marchers, using fire hoses, dogs, and tear gas

CLIP: Life in the South African townships, 1957

The appalling conditions in the townships are clearly demonstrated by some powerful footage and penetrating commentary.

CLIP: Nelson Mandela becomes President of South Africa, 1994

4 years after his release from prison after serving 27 years, Nelson became President of South Africa

CLIP: Reactions of white South Africans to Sharpeville Massacre, 1960

There is also a running undercurrent of the belief in their own superiority.

CLIP: Dr Martin Luther King on his childhood

Context: The USA had an open system of Apartheid that was not called Apartheid. The USA was not censured for their system in the way that South Africa (eventually) was.

CLIP: Barack Obama wins the US Presidential Election, 2008

Context: Barack Obama wins the 2008 US Presidential election, the first time that a person labelled Black has been elected to this position.

CLIP: MALCOLM X INTERVIEW, 1964

Context: Malcolm has left the Nation of Islam and founded his own organisation, The Muslim Mosque

EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE OF ETHIOPIA, “APPEAL TO THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS”, 1936

n a word, it is international morality that is at stake. Have the signatures appended to a Treaty value only in so far as the signatory Powers have a personal, direct and immediate interest involved?

DAVE PERFORMING AT THE BRITS 2020

The truth is our Prime Minister is a real racist
They say, “You should be grateful we’re the least racist”
I say the least racist is still racist
And if somebody hasn’t said it
Equality is a right, it doesn’t deserve credit

ANATOMY OF A LYNCHING by ROBERT REID-PHARR

We forget at our peril, however, that the American tradition of lynching is both productive and modern.

Archives and Icons: James Baldwin and the Practice of Celebrity by Robert Reid-Pharr

Robert Reid-Pharr delivered the 2019 James Weldon Johnson Memorial Lecture, on the topic, “Archives and Icons: James Baldwin and the Practice of Celebrity,” on October 29, 2019, cosponsored by the Department of African American Studies.

PAUL GILROY IN CONVERSATION WITH GEORGE THE POET

Paul Gilroy is joined by George the Poet, for a conversation on poetry, podcasting and storytelling; looking at how hybridity and sociological thought have impacted George’s process of intuition and priorities in advocating for his community.

PAUL GILROY IN CONVERSATION WITH DIRECTOR STEVE MCQUEEN

Award-winning filmmaker, Steve McQueen, joins Paul Gilroy for a conversation on the motivation for his Small Axe film series.

PAUL GILROY IN CONVERSATION WITH COURTENAY GRIFFITHS, QC

Paul Gilroy is joined by Courtenay Griffiths QC, distinguished criminal defence advocate with 40 years of experience, for a conversation on racism within the criminal justice system and its disproportionate effect on Black people.

BARACK OBAMA: READ OR LISTEN TO THE PREFACE OF HIS NEW BOOK, ‘THE PROMISED LAND’

At the end of my presidency, Michelle and I boarded Air Force One for the last time and traveled west for a long-deferred break. The mood on the plane was bittersweet. Both of us were drained, physically and emotionally, not only by the labors of the previous eight years but by the unexpected results of …

LEWIS HAMILTON INTERVIEWED BY MARTIN BRUNDLE RE RACISM

Black people can’t just take a moment away from fighting racism – we have to be on it, all the time

AUDRE LORDE

Audre was diagnosed with cancer and chronicled her struggles in her first prose collection, The Cancer Journals.

A Litany for Survival by Audre Lorde

our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid

Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar

It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings –
I know why the caged bird sings!

TEACHER DON’T TEACH ME NO NONSENSE by FELA KUTI

Democrazy
DEMO-CRAZY
Crazy demo
Demonstration of craze
Crazy demonstration
If it no be craze
Why for Afrika?

REDEMPTION SONG by BOB MARLEY

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds

PATRICE LUMUMBA: CONGO INDEPENDENCE DAY SPEECH, 30 JUNE 1960

The Congo’s independence is a decisive step towards the liberation of the whole African continent.

Yes, I’m a trustee of English Heritage. And I want the Benin bronzes returned

For many, myself included, offering African nations their own art treasures on long-term loans is not enough.

It is not Hans Sloane who has been erased from history, but his slaves

While he stood on a pedestal the significance of slavery to his life and to his collection was rendered invisible.

AVA DUVERNAY INTERVIEWS ANGELA DAVIS ON THIS MOMENT—AND WHAT CAME BEFORE

There was work that should have happened in the immediate aftermath of slavery that could have prevented us from arriving at this moment. But it did not happen. And here we are.

ACTOR CHADWICK BOSEMAN DIES AGED 43

Asked about his own childhood heroes and icons, Boseman cited political leaders and musicians: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Bob Marley, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest and Prince.

THE SHORT LIFE OF TOYIN SALAU & A LEGACY STILL AT WORK

“The community protects the people more than the police does,” Danaya Hemphill, a 23-year-old FAMU student who helped lead the searches, told me when we met in Tallahassee, at a house not far from where Toyin was found.

ARGOS ADVERT FEATURING BLACK FAMILY CAUSES OUTRAGE ON TWITTER

But Twitter wasn’t going to let them move mad without challenge

GHANA INDEPENDENCE DAY SPEECH

Our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of Africa.

JAMES BALDWIN ON BLACK POWER

Extract from James Baldwin on the Dick Cavett Show

MLK on silence & indifference to suffering

on the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, ‘Wait on time.’”

Why are white people so obsessed with the N-word?

t reminds us that we have been and still are seen as less than, as other than, as not even human.

Covid-19 risks & Black NHS staff

It’s just a really terrible colonial institution which has perpetuated racism , rather than combatting it

Use the hashtag #racist & call it out

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Barack Obama: Eulogy for John Lewis

Good speech although it would have meant more if he had said it and tried to act on it, while in office.

What, to the American Slave, is Your 4th of July? – Frederick Douglass

There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States

Jesse Williams’ Speech- BET Awards

The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.

I Have A Dream – Dr Martin Luther King Jnr.

I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

The Truth – Muhammad Ali

The lips of truth are ever closed,
The head of truth is upright.

Invisible Kisses by Lemn Sissay

If there was ever one
Who when you achieve
Was there before the dream
And even then believed;

Backpacks – Lesle Honore

When you say to me
All lives matter
I simply ask
Will your son die with the world on his back
Mine will

Something Inside So Strong – Labi Siffre (song)

Deny my place in time, you squander wealth that’s mine
My light will shine so brightly it will blind you

Still I Rise – Maya Angelou

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Colonization in Reverse – Miss Lou

Oonoo see how life is funny,
Oonoo see de tunabout?
Jamaica live fe box bread
Out a English people mout’.