Black Radical History

Ref: C3839448

Celebrate Black History Month and explore how Black radical heroes have made history. From opposition to slavery and the battle for the vote, to the fight against racism and Islamophobia, and the question of supporting refugees today

Course aim

To reveal and study how black radicals have shaped history and politics.

Who is the course for?

Anyone who has an interest and enthusiasm for the subject and desires a wider knowledge of the politics that has shaped history.

What topics will this course cover

1. Opposition to slavery and the American Civil War 2. William Cuffay and the fight for the vote 3. Racism and anti racism from the 1970’s till today. 4. Rebel women from Farhat Khan, and Lydia Besong, to Manjeet Kaur and Aderonke Apata. 5. The challenge of Islamophobia, stereotyping, and the Prevent agenda.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Identify key facts about the part played by ‘Afro Americans’ in Manchester in the struggle for the vote, and the movement to support opposition against slavery in the US Civil War 2. Reflect on the responses to racist attacks and murders from the 1970 up to today. 3. Recognise the part played by black radical women in the anti racist movement 4. Discuss in a more informed way the current situation regarding Islamophobia, the Prevent Agenda, and the refugee crisis.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Ongoing feedback from the tutor to all at the end of each session.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Life experience only.

Reading and information sources

Read the printed material and online links that will be provided for all at the start of the course.

What could the course lead to?

Engagement and involvement in anti racist struggles of today. Further WEA courses on similar or other subjects

Download full course outline

Black Radical History Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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