Here to Stay, Here to Fight: A Race Today Anthology by Paul Field, Robin Bunce, Leila Hassan, Margaret Peacock Launch Event.
October is Black History Month and we are excited to be hosting a talk to celebrate the publication of a new anthology of articles and essays from the journal Race Today.
From 1973 to 1988, Race Today, the journal of the revolutionary Race Today Collective was at the epicentre of the struggle for racial justice in Britain. Placing race, sex and social class at the core of its analysis, it featured in its articles and pamphlets contributions from some of the leading writers and activists of the time: C. L. R. James, Darcus Howe, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Walter Rodney, Bobby Sands, Farrukh Dhondy and Mala Sen and many more.
Here to Stay, Here to Fight, draws together many of these key articles and extracts into an impressive collection – the first book-length anthology of its kind – rescuing many contributions from the obscurity of inaccessible archives.
With Paul Field, Leila Hassan and Farrukh Dhondy
Paul Field is a writer, lawyer and political activist. He wrote extensively for Labour Briefing, on which he also sat on the Editorial Board for nearly 10 years. He has written for publications including Jacobin, International Viewpoint and South African Labour Bulletin.
Leila Hassan was employed by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) from 1970. She went on to become a member of the Race Today Collective, the deputy editor of Race Today from 1973, and editor from 1985.
Farrukh Dhondy is an Indian-born who has been active in Britain as a fiction writer, playwright, media executive and activist since the mid 1970s.