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with Dr. Nicole M. Jackson, Associate Professor of History, Bowling Green State University

In 1984, Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie, and Suzanne Scafe publish The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain, tracing the history of Black women’s contribution to Britain from the Second World War to the mid-1980s. To do so, the authors generalize the experiences of women of African and Asian descent based on a series of oral interviews in the areas of migration, labor, education and health to contextualize black women’s organizing in the 1970s and 1980s. While relatively overlooked in the historiography of Black British history, the text was reissued in 2018, in an unfortunately similarly social context, but hopefully with a changed academic field ready to grapple with and build on Bryan, Dadzie and Scafe’s work.

In her talk, Dr. Nicole Jackson will discuss the ways in which The Heart of the Race remains a vital text through which to understand Black British history. The authors center anti-imperial histories, interracial and inter island coalitions, and women and community organizing practices to challenge popular narratives about Black Britain then and now that privilege imperial forgetting, multiculturalism as assimilation, and the British State as the primary actor of historical significance.

A talk in the CRES Colloquium 2020-2021 series "Black Studies Beyond Borders"

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  • Stevie Hoesel
  • Ezra Fockens
  • Helen Colliander

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