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‘We Have the Right To Be Here’ is an oral history and analysis of some of the black and anti-racist movements of post-war Britain, told by three activists in an interview conducted by poet and educator, Sam Berkson. Suresh Grover, Frances Webber and Colin Prescod talk of their first-hand involvement in groundbreaking events of the British anti-racist and anti-fascist struggle. From the response to the racist murder of Kelso Cochrane in Notting Hill 1959, to Asian Youth Movements in Southall in the 1970s, the case of the ‘Bradford 12’ in 1981, to the Stephen Lawrence justice campaign in the 1990s, the activists tell how successful movements came together to challenge the state and the far-right. Talking from their personal experience at the heart of the struggle, Grover, Webber and Prescod analyse the dynamics of state racism and people’s resistance to it. They reflect on how victories have been won and how much more work there is to do.’The interview was conducted at the Institute of Race Relations in summer 2019, and contains footage, photographs and archive material from many of the struggles mentioned.
Running time: 1 hour 21 mins
Join us after the screening for a discussion with Frances, Suresh and Sam!