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Make it Plain

Sep 29, 2023

In this week's Black World News, Kehinde discusses a big survey (with "over 10,000 voices") out this week on the "Black British" experiences by the Black British Voices Project. 
In this week's guest interview, Kehinde talks with Leila Hassan Howe about her life in Zanzibar and coming back to Britain in the 60s, working for the Institute of Race Relations (IRR, directed by A. Sivanandan) and the journal Race Today Collective (edited by Darcus Howe), building independent Black institutions and alternatives to the British education system, New Cross Fire (1981) and the National Black People’s Day of Action (1981).

Leila Hassan Howe is a veteran activist and organizer. In 1981 through the New Cross Massacre Action Committee she co-organized the famous Black People’s Day of Action march that followed the New Cross Fire. She was an active member of the Race Today Collective, edited its journal, joined the Black Unity and Freedom Party (BUFP), and was involved in all of its key struggles.

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Black British Voices Project (BBVP):

Black British Voices The Findings
(Interview by Kehinde Andrews) Leila Hassan Howe: "My life was made hell. You’d just hear a tirade against immigrants"

Guy Reid-Bailey: the man who sparked the Bristol bus boycott and then fought to desegregate housing


How Olive Morris Fought for Black Women’s Rights in Britain

Race Today - archive chronicling lives of Black Britons to launch online

Here to Stay, Here to Fight: A Race Today Anthology

Ambalavaner Sivanandan (director of the IRR) obituary

Guest: Leila Hassan Howe
Host: @kehindeandrews (IG) @kehinde_andrews (T)
Podcast team: @makeitplainorg @weylandmck @inhisownterms @farafinmuso
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