Eric Huntley, Beverley Mason and Michael McMillan
Eric Huntley will introduce the founding of Bogle-L’Ouverture Press and give an insight into the hostile conditions of 1960s Britain which bred militant anti-racist community resistance of which he and his wife, Jessica, were at the heart of. Eric will speak about the importance of scholar-activism – connecting the struggle on the street with a strong foundation of knowledge, and how culture can be weaponised for progressive social change through the Huntley’s involvement with the Black Parent Movement, contributing to setting up the 1st International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books, publishing seminal radical Black texts, running the vibrant, inter-generational Walter Rodney Bookshop and their involvement with Internationalist anti-imperialist liberation grassroots campaigns. Eric will bring this history sharply to the present, not to dwell on a glorious past but to use this history to understand the struggles we face today.
Beverley Mason will introduce the work of the Friends of Huntley Archives at LMA Foundation (FHALMA), and speak about the value and urgency of unlocking and activating Black British archives to nurture the younger generation and connect their contemporary experience within the long tradition of anti-racist resistance. Beverley will discuss the power of Black-led community heritage projects in articulating Black histories written out of dominant historical narratives and she will describe FHALMA’s engagement strategies which keep the work of Jessica and Eric Huntley alive and relevant.
Michael McMillan co-curated FHALMA’s No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 2015-2016 art and archive exhibition, one of the most significant projects in exhibition history. Michael will speak about the importance of the struggle on the street to artistic production in this period, and how they were firmly and intimately connected.