In 1968, as protests shook France and war raged in Vietnam, the giants of black radical politics descended on Montreal to discuss the unique challenges and struggles facing their black comrades all over the world.
Against a backdrop of widespread racism in the West and ongoing colonialism and imperialism in the Global South, this group of activists, writers, and political figures gathered to discuss the history and struggles of people of African descent and the meaning of black power.
For the first time since 1968, David Austin brings alive the speeches and debates of the most important international gathering of black radicals of the era. With never-before-seen texts from Stokely Carmichael, Walter Rodney and C.L.R. James, these documents will prove invaluable to anyone interested in black radical thought and political activism of the 1960s.
David Austin is the author of Dread Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution (Pluto, 2018) and the editor of Moving Against the System, The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness (Pluto, 2018). He is the winner of the 2014 Casa de las Americas Prize.
Introduction: The Dialect of Liberation: The Congress of Black Writers at 50 and Beyond - David Austin 1. The Psychology of Subjection: Race Relations in the United States of America - Alvin Poussaint 2. The Haitian Revolution and the History of Slave Revolt - C. L. R. James 3. The Fathers of the Modern Revolt: Marcus Garvey and the Origins of Black Power - Robert Hill 4. African History in the Service of the Black Liberation - Walter Rodney 5. The Civilizations of Ancient Africa - Richard B. Moore 6. Black History in the Americas - Richard B. Moore 7. Race in Britain and the Way Out - Richard Small 8. Moving Against the System: New Directions for the Black Struggle - Harry Edwards 9. Frantz Fanon and the Third World - James Forman 10. Black Power in the USA - Stokely Carmichael 11. A Black Woman Speaks Out by Barbara Jones, McGill Reporter, November 4, 1968 12. You Don't Play with Revolution, Interview with C. L. R. James by Michael Smith, McGill Reporter, November 4, 1968 13. On the Banning of Walter Rodney from Jamaica - C. L. R. James at Montreal Rally 14. Letter to C. L. R. James from Rosie Douglas, June 9, 1968 15. Letter to Rosie Douglas from C. L. R. James, June 27, 1968