Kehinde Andrews, Birmingham City University

14 November 2017

Black radicalism is one of the most misunderstood political philosophies that exist. Conflated with extremism; narrow versions of nationalism and; misogynistic organisations it has largely been dismissed or overlooked as the ‘evil twin on the Civil Rights Movement’. This paper will recover legacy of Black radicalism, outlining a tradition that provides a revolutionary alternative to the status quo. Black Lives Matter has captured the imagination of another generation of activists who are seeking racial justice. By re-engaging with the Black radical tradition movements can fulfil the potential for Black liberation across the African Diaspora.


Kehinde Andrews is a lecture in the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University.  He completed his PhD in Sociology and Cultural Studies entitled ‘Back to Black: Black radicalism and the Black supplementary school movement’ at the University of Birmingham. In 2013, Kehinde published his first book ‘Resisting racism: race, inequality and the Black supplementary school movement’. He is now director of the Centre for Critical Social Research, founder of the Organisation of Black Unity, and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.

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