Race Today cannot fail’
Black radicalism in the long 1980s
in Labour and the left in the 1980s
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The Race Today Collective was the most influential group of black radicals in the UK, 'the centre, in England, of black liberation'. While the collective's ideological and strategic orientation might have perplexed the mainstream left, the collective knew what it was about. Farrukh Dhondy, one of the first people to write for Race Today under Darcus Howe's editorship, argues that the collective grew out of the most progressive politics of the British Black Panther movement. Race Today was the embodiment of C. L. R. James's vision of a small organisation. The strategy of the Race Today Collective was informed by a shift that was taking place in migrant communities in the 1970s and early 1980s. Looking back thirty years later, Howe viewed the Black People's Day of Action and the 1981 insurrection as a turning point.

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