Date: 17th April, 17.30 - 19.30 Venue: WEA Learning Centre, 96 - 100 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4TP
An illustrated talk by Ken Olende, with film clips and discussion about Martin Luther King and how the Civil Rights movement changed the US, giving birth to a new anti-racist movement and a wider radicalism.
The talk will discuss:
The fight against racism in the 1930s & 1940s and the rise of McCarthyism.
Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery bus boycott.
Little Rock and the desegregation of education.
The growth of the national civil rights movement to the March on Washington in 1963.
Civil rights and black power.
King, the Democrats and Vietnam.
The Memphis sanitation strike.
Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mathew Ahmann, in a crowd, 08/28/1963]
Ken Olende is a journalist specialising in race issues, the labour movement and Africa. He is currently writing chapters on the origins and history of racism for a forthcoming book. Ken also writes on African literature and cinema. He contributes to a variety of socialist journals and has been a trade unionist since 1985, spending many years as a shop steward.
This annual event is held in memory of Molly Morgan, a dedicated WEA volunteer who gave over 30 years of service to WEA Stanmore Branch as Class Secretary, Committee Member and Chair. This event is free!
To book your place contact:
Renee Rowe-020 7426 1950- e-mail:
or contact our regional support centre on 0800 328 1060 quoting course reference: C2416415
The C.L.R. James Legacy Project, in partnership with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) will be hosting a conference on the Life & Legacy of C.L.R. James in London on Saturday 13th April 2013, in order to help a new generation of activists learn from James’s inspiring life and work.
Speakers confirmed so far include: Darcus Howe, Broadcaster, writer and civil liberties campaigner Selwyn Cudjoe, Wellesley College and co-editor of C.L.R. James: His Intellectual Legacies, Mike Dibb: film-maker who worked with C.L.R. James, Selma James - author, Women’s Rights and anti-racist campaigner.
The event will also include the official UK launch of the exciting new C.L.R. James Archives series with Duke University Press, the first volume of which concerns the last major piece of James’s writing never before published: Toussaint Louverture: The story of the only successful slave revolt in history, a remarkable play about the Haitian Revolution that C.L.R. James wrote in 1934 and which was performed in at London’s Westminster Theatre in 1936 with Paul Robeson in the title role.
“The text of this nearly forgotten drama..is an invaluable contribution to Pan-African studies and our understanding of ‘the Black Plato’ as a remarkably talented playwright. C.L.R. James readers, and not only those of The Black Jacobins, will rejoice.” Paul Buhle
Sessional Tutors sought with expertise in a wide range of subjects for the WEA Workers’ Educational Association, London Region. We need tutors who can teach their subjects; build the skills, confidence and knowledge of adults to help change lives and communities; build diversity and inclusion in adult learning; have a teaching qualification. The WEA provide educational opportunities for all adults through workplaces and community organisations, building our provision around the needs, interests and experiences of adults. Further details and application form here: www.london.wea.org.uk/jobs
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Interested in showing your films (10 mins max)? Submit DVDs with contact details and 40 words about your film to: Elaine Taylor
WEA London, 96-100 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4TP. 020 7426 1974