Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

General enquiries

Leeds University Centre for African Studies
c/o POLIS, Social Sciences Building, University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 343 5069
african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski
R.Borowski@leeds.ac.uk

History

Remembering Darcus Howe – film showing of The Mangrove Nine

Remembering Darcus Howe film showing of The Mangrove Nine – Wednesday 28 June, 7.30pm Mandela Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3HY

Darcus Howe (1943-2017) was perhaps the most prominent radical black journalist and activist in the post-war period in the UK. He opened the Mandela Centre on Chapeltown Road in Leeds in 1984. This event will discuss his legacy for international politics today.

Darcus made a huge impact when he defended himself in court in 1971 on trumped-up charges against people supporting The Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill. He became editor of the magazine Race Today in the early 1970s and co-edited (with Tariq Ali) Channel 4’s Bandung File in the 1980s. Later he presented the programme Devil’s Advocate and led documentaries on black Britain. He was a columnist for the New Statesman.

At this event a screening of the documentary film The Mangrove Nine (made by his comrades Franco Rossi and John la Rose, 1974) will be followed by a panel discussion led by Arthur France MBE. Arthur was a friend of Darcus’s. He was a leading figure in the Black Power movement in Leeds in the 1960s and 70s, a founder of the Leeds West Indian Carnival, and he continues to struggle for black people’s rights to justice, equality and education.

Robin Bunce, co-author of the official biography of Darcus Howe, will be on the panel. Details of his book are here http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/darcus-howe-9781849666510/

Darcus, like Arthur, was an advocate for the politics and art of the Trinidad carnival and this event will include a special calypso in tribute to Darcus Howe written by the famous calypsonian Alexander D Great.

The event is free, but a collection will be made. It is sponsored by Leeds Stand Up To Racism, Remember Oluwale, Conversations in Black History (Leeds University) and Leeds TUC.

https://www.facebook.com/events/235013870334194/

 

This entry was posted in Film, History, Leeds, LUCAS, Research, Symposium.

Mandela – the legacy event – 8 July 2017


Mandela – the legacy – event at RJC Dance, Mandela Centre, Leeds, LS7 3HY Saturday 8 July, 2-4pm – for tickets and more info please contact stef@rjcdance.org.uk

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Nigerian Voices project – Bradford

Nigerian Voices project – Bradford

There is an exciting heritage project taking place in Bradford led by New Leaders Network in collaboration with Nigeria Community Association Bradford. The Nigerian Voices Project unveils the experience of Nigerian elders arriving in Bradford in the 1950s, 60’s and 70’s sharing their experience of arrival, settling down and housing, education and employment. The project will be celebrated at a community event taking place 25.03.2017 at Carlisle Business Centre, Bradford. We produced a 40 minute film and a book with input from the elders, young people and a local historian Joe Williams (Heritage Corner) which capture these experiences which will be available to purchase at the event.

You can book your tickets here: http://www.nigerianvoiceslaunchevent.eventbrite.com/

If you have any questions, or would like further information please contact info@newleadersnetwork.org.uk

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LUCAS Spring Term seminar series 2017

LUCAS Seminar Series Spring 2017– all welcome, no need to book in advance

Conversations in Black History – Remembering Christopher and David
LUCAS is supporting a new series in conjunction with Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust and the School of History at the University of Leeds, ‘Conversations in Black History’, and its inaugural event is ‘Remembering Christopher and David: Justice and Police Brutality in Yorkshire’, with campaigner Janet Alder and the Remember David Oluwale Campaign. It takes place on Wednesday 1 February, at 6pm, Leeds West Indian Centre.

Remembering Christopher and David

Prof. Rijk van Dijk (ASCL, Leiden University/ AISSR, Univ. of Amsterdam/ Centre of Excellence, Univ. of Konstanz)‘Pentecostalism and Pre-marital Counselling in Africa: A Case of Religious Sophistication?’.
Tuesday 7 February, 5pm, venue: Baines Wing SR (1.13)
(Co-sponsored by the Centre for Religion and Public Life)

Prof Rijk van Dijk on ‘Pentecostalism and Pre-marital Counselling in Africa’

Jörg Wiegratz (University of Leeds), ‘Neoliberal Moral Economy: Capitalism, Socio-Cultural Change and Fraud in Uganda’
Tuesday 28 February, 4.30pm–6pm, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds, LG 19
Co-sponsored by the Review of African Political Economy

Jörg Wiegratz on Neoliberal Moral Economy in Uganda

LUCAS Annual Lecture, 2016-2017
Professor Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham) will speak on
Elections and Political Change in Africa: The Case of Kenya 2017
Thursday 16 March 2017, 4.30pm, Clothworkers South Building Lecture Theatre 2

LUCAS Annual Lecture with Professor Nic Cheeseman

Truth for Giulio, Justice for Egypt’s Disappeared
LUCAS are proud to be joining with Leeds University and College’s Union (UCU) and Amnesty to sponsor an Egypt Solidarity Initiative event to campaign for truth for Giulio Regeni in Leeds.
Wednesday 22 March, 1 – 2.30pm, Roger Stevens Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leeds
Speakers: Shane Enright (Amnesty UK’s trade union campaigner), Professor Ray Bush (University of Leeds)

Truth for Giulio, Justice for Egypt’s Disappeared

This entry was posted in Book Launch, History, Lecture, Leeds, LUCAS, Seminars.

Forward to freedom exhibition in Leeds for Black History Month

Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) is proud to host Forward to freedom, an exhibition on the history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1959-1994, for Black History Month in Leeds.

Campaigners in Leeds gather to show their support for the anti-apartheid movement (Photo courtesy of Dr Salim Essop – please acknowledge if reproduced).

The Forward to freedom exhibition tells the story of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and its campaigns to support the people of South Africa in their fight against apartheid. The AAM also campaigned for freedom for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola.

In 1959 the Boycott Movement called for a boycott of South African produce. It grew into a movement of hundreds and thousands of people, campaigning for sanctions against South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela.  The exhibition is part of an education project set up by the Anti-Apartheid Archives Committee that includes an archival website and learning resources. For more information about the AAM please see www.aamarchives.org and for more information on the struggle to overcome the legacies of apartheid in South Africa today please contact Action for South Africa (ACTSA) www.actsa.org

The Forward to freedom exhibition will be displayed initially in the Turberville Foyer, School of History, Third floor of the Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds from 10-14 October.

It will then move to the Leslie Silver Building outside the Sheila Silver Library at Leeds Beckett University (city campus) from 17-21 October.

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It will then go to Chapeltown Library, The Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Road Leeds LS7 3EX from 31 October to 11 November.

There is also material relating to Leeds Women Against Apartheid on display at the exhibition  throughout October for Black History Month, and the main archive of Leeds Women Against Apartheid can be found in the Special Collections of Brotherton Library.

LUCAS is also very proud to host a roundtable to mark the official Leeds launch of the exhibition:

‘Remembering Anti-Apartheid Activism in Leeds’
Wednesday 12 October, 5.30pm, Michael Sadler Building LG19, University of Leeds. Participants include Arthur France MBE, Carole Summerill, and members of Leeds Women Against Apartheid including Frances Bernstein, Ailsa Swarbrick and Judy Maxwell. All welcome.

LUCAS are also very proud to be hosting a production of Frances Bernstein and the Free Range choir’s ‘Sing Freedom: A story with songs of liberation’ on Tuesday 22 November at 7.30pm, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds. 12 Cavendish Rd, Leeds LS2 9JT [Tickets £5/£3], and we hope to have the Forward to freedom exhibition on display for a final time in Leeds at that event as well.

For more information, please contact african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

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US Slavery and Yorkshire Anti-Slavery – forgotten narratives from the Leeds Archive

Leeds Being Human Festival 2016, Journeys of Hope and Fear – “US Slavery and Yorkshire Anti-Slavery: forgotten Narratives from the Leeds Archive”.

A country wide event in conjunction with University of Leeds and Joe Williams of Heritage Corner.  17th – 25th November 2016

If you were living in Leeds in the 1840s and 1850s you would undoubtedly have heard of the anti-slavery speeches made to huge local audiences by African American activists and their supporters. We start with a guided walk in which you will visit sites associated with the entwined histories of African self-emancipation and anti-slavery activism in nineteenth-century Leeds. After this, there will be a public discussion at the University of Leeds on the significance of the archives of anti-slavery activism. Finally, there will be a chance to visit the Leeds Library, founded in 1768. There you can see an exhibition from the Leeds Library’s collections on activist, onetime library member and Quaker businessman Wilson Armistead (1819-1868), and other Leeds abolitionists. Enjoy a play tracing the extraordinary escape, from enslavement in Georgia, of Ellen and William Craft. The couple were each listed in the 1851 census as a ‘fugitive slave’ when they were hosted by Armistead in his home in Leeds. They went on to publish an acclaimed book, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom (1860).

The guided walk, public lecture and play “Meet the Crafts” will all take place on 23rd November:

The guided walk is from 1.15-3.15 setting off from the steps of the Parkinson building, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9JT.

The public lecture will be at the University of Leeds, from 4.00-5.30pm.

“Meet the Crafts” will be performed at the Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL. The performance will start at 7.00pm and last for approximately one hour.

All the events are free and open to the public, but booking is essential. To book a place please contact counter@theleedslibrary.org.uk or telephone 0113 2453071.

 

This entry was posted in History, Lecture, Research, Theatre.

​A Better Life for All? Power, Politics and the Past in South Africa

A Better Life for All? Power, Politics and the Past in South Africa

Friday 23 September. 7.30pm – Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds – to book tickets see here:

https://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/nicholas-wolpe

On 11 July 1963, police raided Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, South Africa and arrested the high command of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

At the resulting Rivonia Trial, eight men, including Nelson Mandela, were sentenced to life in prison.

Nicholas Wolpe is the founder of the Liliesleaf Trust and son of prominent anti-apartheid activist Harold Wolpe, who was arrested at Liliesleaf. This autumn, he offers his powerful insight on both this decisive era for South Africa and the political crisis the country finds itself in today, more than 20 years after the first free elections.

Part of Liberty Lectures 2017, in association with the University of Leeds

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Leeds Black History Walk – with Joe Williams (Heritage Corner)

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London Recruits – film trailer

To find out more about this film please see here

http://www.londonrecruits.com/

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LUCAS special offer – VL Allen – The History of Black Mineworkers in South Africa

Thanks to Kate Carey, LUCAS are able to offer a special discount for copies of the late Professor Vic Allen’s classic work The History of Black Mineworkers in South Africa:

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Copies of this 3-volume study are available at greatly reduced prices (UK p&p free)

Vol I: Mining in South Africa and the Genesis of Apartheid, 1871-1948     £10

Vol II: Apartheid Repression and Dissent in the Mines, 1948-1982            £10

Vol III: Organise or Die, 1982-1994                                                         £10

Set of 3 volumes     £25

To order / for payment details, please email LUCAS: african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

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