Waterstones Birmingham would like to invite you to a very special event to celebrate the launch of Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century with the author, Dr Kehinde Andrews.
Back to Black traces the long and eminent history of Black radical politics.
Born out of resistance to slavery and colonialism, its rich past encompasses figures such as Marcus Garvey, Angela Davis, the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter activists of today.
At its core, it argues that racism is inexorably embedded in the fabric of society and that it can never be overcome unless by enacting change outside of this suffocating system. Yet this Black radical tradition has been diluted and moderated over time; wilfully misrepresented and caricatured by others; divested of its legacy, inclusivity and force for global change. Andrews explores the true roots of this tradition and connects the dots to today’s struggles by showing what a renewed politics of Black radicalism might look like in the 21st century.
Dr Kehinde Andrews is Associate Professor in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University and developed Europe’s first Black Studies undergraduate degree. He is also director of the Centre for Critical Social Research, founder of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity, and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.
Kehinde will be in conversation with Jamelia. Hailing from Birmingham, multi-award-winning Jamelia embarked on her career as a singer-songwriter at the tender age of 15. With 7 top 10 singles, 2 gold albums and one double platinum album in the UK alone, Jamelia's subsequent international success solidified her as one of the UK's most successful black music artists. Jamelia aims to continue to advocate for and empower girls & women like herself.
Tickets cost £3, redeemable against a copy of the book at the event.