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The Night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union

Thursday 26 March 2015

1 Hour


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Historian Professor Stephen Tuck describes the night around 50 years ago that the black American anti-racist campaigner Malcolm X took on a leading member of the British establishment at the Oxford Union and the impact it had on Oxford and the students. Malcolm X, to many at the time a personification of revolution and danger, was invited to debate with Humphrey Berkeley, a then Conservative MP. Tuck shows how the debate allowed Malcolm X to make connections with radical students from the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia and how it radicalised a new generation of British students.

Tuck is professor of modern history at the University of Oxford and director of the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. His books include We Ain’t What We Ought to Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipation to Obama.