Back to Black

Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century
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Back to Black traces the long and eminent history of Black radical politics. Born out of resistance to slavery and colonialism, its rich past encompasses figures such as Marcus Garvey, Angela Davis, the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter activists of today.

At its core it argues that racism is inexorably embedded in the fabric of society, and that it can never be overcome unless by enacting change outside of this suffocating system. This is an appeal to reclaim Black radicalism, a movement that has been diluted and moderated over time, wilfully misrepresented and caricatured by others, and divested of its potency and potential for global change.

Kehinde Andrews explores the true roots of this tradition, and connects the dots to today’s struggles by showing what a renewed politics of Black radicalism might look like in the twenty-first century.

Foreward Reviews

‘A fiery, in-depth investigation of Black radicalism and a call for a more revolutionary, liberated society across the globe.’

New Statesman

‘For debates about global inequality and injustice to progress, we need writers like Kehinde Andrews… We can only hope Back to Black will inspire many more radical thinkers.’

Afua Hirsch, author of Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

‘Andrews takes the concepts that underpin so much of our woolly, contemporary talk about blackness, structural racism, pan-Africanism and—most of all—radicalism, and does the hard, essential work of re-inserting meaning and critique into the debate. An unflinching and authentic contribution.’

Femi Nylander, activist and an organizer of Rhodes Must Fall

‘Andrews pulls no punches. His concept of Black radicalism is raw and powerful. This book is sure to provoke, and will gain him adversaries—both black and white—because of the home truths it exposes.’

About the authors

Dr Kehinde Andrews is Associate Professor in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University and developed Europe’s first Black Studies undergraduate degree. He is also director of the Centre for Critical Social Research, founder of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity, and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.

He has made broadcast appearances on BBC Newsnight, BBC Sunday Morning Live and Russell Brand’s Under the Skin podcast. He also writes for The Guardian, among other outlets, and has made videos for BBC Viewsnight, Guardian Online and TED Talks. His Guardian Online piece ‘The West Was Built on Racism’ has been viewed over 10 million times on Facebook to date.


1. Narrow Nationalism
2. Pan-Africanism
3. Black is a Country
4. Cultural Nationalism
5. Blackness
6. Black Marxism
7. Liberal Radicalism
8. Black Survival

Epilogue: It’s Already Too Late