The black Trinidadian revolutionary historian and activist C.L.R. James campaigning in support of the people of Ethiopia in Trafalgar Square, 1935.
The Leeds premier of the film documentary Every Cook Can Govern: The life works & impact of C.L.R. James is being shown as part of the ‘Conversations in Black History’ seminar series. There will be a Q&A after the film with Ceri Dingle (director), Dr Arthur France MBE, founder of the Leeds West Indian Carnival and Dr Christian Høgsbjerg, author of C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain.
C.L.R. James (1901-1989) was a black Trinidadian Marxist historian and Pan-Africanist activist. He was the author of a number of classic works of black history including The Black Jacobins, about the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804.
Wednesday 1 March, 6.15pm, Leeds West Indian Centre, 10 Laycock Place, Chapeltown, Leeds. All welcome – free – no need to book in advance.
Every Cook Can Govern
This historical tour-de-force interweaves never-before-seen
footage of C.L.R. James himself with personal contributions from
those who knew him and astute historical and political analysis
from leading scholars of his work. The result is an epic featurelength
documentary which grapples with issues from colonialism
to cricket, from slavery to Shakespeare, from Marxism to the
movies and from reading to revolution.
The Conversations in Black History series aims to promote discussions in Leeds on black history, broadly defined. The series is generously sponsored by the Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust, School of History University of Leeds, and the Leeds University Centre for African Studies.