Renegade: The Life and Times of Darcus Howe

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Feb 9, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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Renegade examines the struggle for racial justice in the UK, through the lens of one of Britain's most influential, and controversial, journalists and campaigners.

Born in Trinidad during the dying days of colonialism, Howe became an uncompromising champion of racial justice. The book examines how Darcus Howe's unique political outlook was inspired by the example of his friend and mentor C.L.R. James, and forged in the heat of the American civil rights movement, as well as Trinidad's Black Power Revolution.

Howe took a leading role in the defining struggles in Britain against institutional racism in the police, the courts and the media. Renegade focuses on his part as a defendant in the trial of the Mangrove Nine, the high point of Black Power in Britain; his role in conceiving and organizing the Black People's Day of Action, the largest ever demonstration by the black community in Britain; and his later work as a prominent journalist and political commentator.

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Foreword by Adam ElliottCooper
Introduction Darcus Howe is a West Indian
Son of a Preacher
Black Power Comes
Know Yourself
Cause for Concern
Seize Power and Send
Frank Crichlow and
Towards Racial Justice
Come What May we are Here to Stay
Darcus Outta Jail
Thirteen Dead and Nothing Said
Revolutionaries Dont Wear Glitter
Slave Nation
Fight to the Finish


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About the author (2017)

Robin Bunce is a historian based at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. He specialises in the history of ideas, particularly the recent history of black radicalism in Britain. He has written for The Guardian, The Independent and the New Statesman. Together with Samara Linton he published Diane Abbott: the Authorised Biography in 2020.

Paul Field worked as a journalist for many years specialising in issues of policing, asylum and institutional racism, before becoming a lawyer specialising in the fields of discrimination and employment.