Black for a Cause... Not Just Because...

Black for a Cause... Not Just Because... : The Case of the 'Oval 4' and the Story It Tells of Black Power in 1970s Britain

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In March, 1972, Winston Trew and three other black men were confronted at the Oval underground station, London, by a group of seven white men claiming to be policemen, who accused them of "nicking handbags." An argument broke into pushing and shoving, and then escalated into a fight. When police arrived they were arrested as it turned out the white men they were fighting were themselves undercover policemen. They described their experience in the police station as a 'night of dread.' After a 5-week trial at the Old Bailey the 'Oval 4' were found guilty of attempting to steal, theft, and assault on police. All were jailed for 2 years. In 1973 they were released from prison after a 'successful Appeal.' The Oval 4 episode is an eye-opening event because it not only illustrated the character and contours of Black Power activism in Britain in the 1970s--resistance to police violence and corruption and judicial collusion--it also debunks the myth that the 1960s was the only period of Black Power activism in Britain. Praise for BLACK FOR A CAUSE ... NOT JUST BECAUSE ... ..".a profoundly original book ... there's nothing else like it." -Chris Searle, Morning Star Online "A brilliant book ... This is the first I have read on the modern history of Black people (in Britain). It is important that Black identity is dealt with in such an honest and powerful way." -Professor Emeritus Geoff Palmer, Heriot Watt University, Scotland ..". makes for compelling reading... Possibly the first book on the British Black Power movement written from the inside." -Harmitt Athwal, Institute of Race Relations, Londonshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 449g
  • Black for a Cause
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 151360208X
  • 9781513602080

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-...a profoundly original book ... there's nothing else like it.- -Chris Searle, Morning Star Online -A brilliant book ... This is the first I have read on the modern history of Black people (in Britain). It is important that Black identity is dealt with in such an honest and powerful way.- -Professor Emeritus Geoff Palmer, Heriot Watt University, Scotland -... makes for compelling reading... Possibly the first book on the British Black Power movement written from the inside.- -Harmitt Athwal, Institute of Race Relations, Londonshow more