Race Today and the fight for racial justice between 1973 and 1988

LSBUBHM2020 activities continue by looking at how the Brixton based magazine 'Race Today' became the campaigning voice for Black Britain Register Now

About this event

Date: 02 December 2020
Location: This event will be delivered virtually.
Time: 15:30 - 17:00
Price: Free
Telephone: Please email
Email: events@lsbu.ac.uk
Organiser: EquiNet, LSBU's Black, Asian and Minority Ethic and Allies Network

Black History Month might officially be October in the UK but we're continuing our celebrations, educating talks & events for a while longer....

LSBU are thrilled that Leila Hassan and Farrukh Dhondy are joining Black History Month celebrations to discuss their book, Here to Stay, Here to Fight: A Race Today Anthology. 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. Framing the original contributions, there is a general introduction, which provides an overview of Race Today's 15-year history, section introductions providing context for each extract, written by writers and activists associated with the Collective, and a concluding section exploring the legacy of Race Today in contemporary social movements and debates around race, gender and class.

Provisional programme

3.30pm - Welcome and introductions

3.40pm - Leila and Farrukh talk about the book

4.10pm - In conversation with... Leila & Farrukh

4.30pm - Audience Q&A

4.50pm - Closing remarks

5pm - Close

We hope you'll join us as we hear from the authors and discuss their stories, the book and their thoughts on current world issues. This event has been organised by EquiNet, LSBU’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and Allies Network and the Race, Gender and Sexualities Research Group, School of Law and Social Sciences

This event will be delivered on Zoom. The joining instructions will be sent out the day before this event takes place.

Check out the other celebratory events, talks & activities being delivered by LSBU during Black History Month 2020 - click here for more info!



Leila Hassan Howe was employed by Institute of Race Relations from 1970 when it was still under the control of the Chatham House. A member of Black Unity and Freedom Party, the UK's oldest black power organisation at that time, Leila was one of the staff members who overthrow the Institute's conservative management and reconstituted it as an anti-racist organisation. Leila went on to become a founding member of the Race Today Collective, the deputy editor of Race Today from 1973 and editor from 1985. Leila is a member of the Darcus Howe Legacy Collective.

Farrukh Dhondy is an Indian born award-winning writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and political activist. He joined the Central Core of the British Black Panther Movement in 1970 and was a founding member of Race today Collective in 1973. Farrukh worked as a teacher in the East End of London before forging a career as a novelist and screenwriter.  From 1984 to 1997, he was a Commissioning Editor at Channel Four. Farrukh is a member of Darcus Howe Legacy Collective.

Race Today Anthology which was compiled by the Darcus Howe Legacy Collective and published by Pluto (2019): https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745339757/here-to-stay-here-to-fight