Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL: British Black Power: Leila Hassan-Howe in conversation

03 November 2021, 6:30 pm–8:15 pm

Leila Hassan-Howe

Black British Civil Rights activist, leader, writer, history maker and co-founder of the 1970s 'Race Today Collective' tells her story

This event is free.

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Sarah Parker Remond Centre / Black History Walks

This is an online event. Zoom link will be sent 30 minutes before the start by Black History Walks.

This event is organised by Black History Walks in collaboration with UCL's Sarah Parker Remond Centre

Leila Hassan-Howe has fought against state and street racism since the 1970s. She was strategist and activist in her own right quite apart from being the wife of the legendary Black Power activist Darcus Howe.

In this illustrated talk Leila Hassan-Howe will take us through her story: from working class London to upper class Africa and back, life as one of only three black girls in a racist grammar school, taking over a colonialist institution, publishing the newspaper Race Today, organising cultural events in the 70’s and 80’s, liberating properties, challenging police brutality, one of 20,000 marchers on the Black Peoples Day of Action 1981, documenting the 1981 uprisings and the parallels with Black Lives Matter in 2020 and much more.

Leila Hassan-Howe

This event is part of the Darcus Howe Weekender. From the 3rd November Black History Walks will be hosting 4 nights of films and talks on his life and work. Half of the events will be virtual and the other half will be in person.

  • Wednesday 3rd November (ONLINE): British Black Power: Leila Hassan Howe
  • Thursday 4th November (ONLINE): Darcus Howe a personal journey with commentary from Leila Hassan Howe
  • Friday 5th November (PHYSICAL): Film at BFI Southbank 'Cause for Concern' 1968. Darcus Howe takes on Metropolitan Police racism in this very rare TV broadcast of the black community standing up to institutional racism.
  • Saturday 6th November (PHYSICAL): 11am to 7pm. Full day of films featuring Darcus Howe including rare episodes of Bandung File and Devil's Advocate. Plus on stage interviews and Q&A's with his contemporaries.

Details at www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk