Raising the voice and visibility of independent Black publishers
University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities
Year of enrolment: 2015 -
“How does recognising the role of Black British publishers provide an important source of understanding for the social history of this period, forBlack British History, and British Publishing history?What were the dominant issues that determined a need for Black publishers in Britain?
Black British Publishers and Pan-Africanism: 1960-1980 analyses the role of Black British book and periodical publishers as social rights and human rights activists and the way in which they used Pan-Africanism in their efforts to achieve their goal of unifying Black people in Britain between 1960-1980. The result is a narrative collated from Black British publishers which includes, Margaret Busby of Allison and Busby, Eric Huntley of Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications, Arif Ali of Hansib Publications, Afif and Omar Ben Yedder of IC Publications, Anand Kumria of the Independent Book Company, Don Kinch of Staunch Poets and Players, Ansel Wong of the West Indian Students Union (WISU) newsletter, and Neil Kenlock of Root magazine, providing a contribution to a previously under researched aspect of Black British social and cultural history.
Periodical publishers have gone largely unnoticed as a subject for research and little has been done on the work of book publishers or the material that they produced and so they have been under-utilised in knowledge production and scholarship in the field.
The producers of these material objects have been used to trace Pan-Africanism though the African Diaspora in publications produced by these publishers which has been done by means of close analysis of three episodes of international significance: the independence of African nations, the campaign against apartheid in South Africa and the global impact of the publishing of Walter Rodney’s books. The thesis provides new evidence and a new understanding to understand how Pan-Africanism was used as a cultural-political strategy to advance African philosophies and the praxis of humanism. In this, it enhances an understanding of the contribution of cultural critique in the fight for de-colonisation and confirms the importance of the continued struggle against neo-colonialism.