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Speaking Truth to Power: in conversation with Arthur France

by The Leeds Library


Arthur France MBE in conversation with Max Farrar

Arthur France and Max Farrar have been friends for about 40 years and this book is, in part, Max’s tribute to his enormous contribution to Leeds and the wider world. Its wider purpose is to deepen our insight into the uncomfortable relationship between Britain’s White and Black citizens. Born in 1935 in the small Caribbean island of Nevis, Arthur landed in The Mother Country in 1957 and was shocked to meet a very bad mother indeed.

The book explains how Arthur responded by joining the Black Power movement, and setting up the first Caribbean Carnival in Europe, while earning a living in Yorkshire and Germany and bringing up a family. With references to other black people from Leeds — including Caryl Phillips, Mel B and Corinne Bailey Ray — this book places Arthur in the wider context of Caribbean people’s drive for full emancipation that has changed Leeds, and Britain, since the 1950s.

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Date and Time

Tue, February 28, 2023

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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