Jayne Cortez 'On Culture and Politics'

Jayne Cortez - ‘The Changing Nature of Black Cultural Politics 1960-2010’. The second John La Rose Memorial Lecture will be followed by a Discussion Forum with Jayne Cortez and Faro (Karl John), Kevin Hylton, Khadijah Ibrahiim, Michael La Rose, Kole Omotoso, Jeremy Poynting, and Joe Williams.

Jayne Cortez ‘On Culture and Politics’

SATURDAY 2nd April 2011 - Doors open 1pm, for 2pm start.

This second of an initial series of three John La Rose Annual Memorial Lectures commemorates the life and work of John La Rose, (1927 – 2006). John was an inspirational presence in black British and Caribbean political and cultural activism who touched lives across all five continents. His many achievements included being a writer, publisher, cultural and political activist, trade unionist, founder of New Beacon Books and director of the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books. One of John’s major contributions was to take what he called a ‘mercilessly realistic’ approach, avoiding unrealistic idealism and grounding theory in action on a local and national scale. The cultural, educational and political campaigns that he was engaged with all his life remain relevant and will continue to be so for the
foreseeable future.

The Second John La Rose Annual Memorial Lecture will be given by Jayne Cortez on the theme of ‘Culture and Politics’. Jayne is a major international poet, who has long been active in the struggle for black social liberation and for radical, political and social change in the USA. She was a close friend of John and of the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books, where she often read her poetry, and where she also opened the 9th Book Fair in 1990.
Her lecture will be followed by discussion to examine further the issues raised. The First John La Rose Annual Memorial Lecture was given in March 2010 by David Abdulah, the General Secretary of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) in Trinidad & Tobago, the leading trade union in the Caribbean, who spoke on ‘Politics and People’s Power after Obama’.

The Third Lecture will be held in 2012 at the Caribbean Studies Centre at the London Metropolitan University. Organised by the George Padmore Institute in liaison with the Carnegie Research Institute of Leeds Metropolitan University

Apr 02, 2011
The Rose Bowl, Lecture Theatre A, Leeds Metropolitan University, LS1 3HR