Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780745338651 Published October 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745338668 Published November 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Moving Against the System

The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Shaping of Global Black Consciousness

Edited by David Austin

Moving Against the System

Edited by David Austin

Distributed for Pluto Press

240 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780745338651 Published October 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745338668 Published November 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
In 1968, as protests shook France and war raged in Vietnam, the giants of black radical politics descended on Montreal to discuss the unique challenges and struggles facing their black comrades all over the world. Against a backdrop of widespread racism in the West and ongoing colonialism and imperialism in the Global South, this group of activists, writers, and political figures gathered to discuss the history and struggles of people of African descent and the meaning of black power.

For the first time since 1968, David Austin brings alive the speeches and debates of the most important international gathering of black radicals of the era. With never-before-seen texts from Stokely Carmichael, Walter Rodney, and C. L. R. James, these documents will prove invaluable to anyone interested in black radical thought and political activism of the 1960s.
 
Review Quotes
Max Elbaum, author of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che
"With the groundbreaking publication of key selections from the 1968 Congress of Black Writers and David Austin's in-depth explanation of the gathering's context and significance, Moving Against the System speaks to us across five decades with great eloquence and power."
Sandra Hudson, co-founder of Black Lives Matter - Toronto
"Reading Moving Against the System as an activist and organizer is to experience time folding in on itself... much of our struggles today are informed in part by some of the men whose speeches and arguments appear here... the documentation of this incredibly important Congress in an accessible book format is sure to remain relevant and instructive for years to come."
Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
"The Congress of Black Writers marks one of the most important gatherings of radical intellectuals in the 20th century… Where else can you find the likes of C. L.R. James, Walter Rodney, Richard B. Moore, James Forman, Stokely Carmichael, Robert Hill and others, talking revolution to an engaged and sometimes combative crowd? I couldn’t put the book down." 
Harry Edwards, Prof. Emeritus: University of California, Berkeley
"Moving Against The System is a carefully constructed montage of the leadership, dynamics, and substance of what became an international 'Movement'. It is a revelatory portrait of the past that is no less revealing of the political dynamics and potential  of today’s “Black Live Matter”, “#MeToo”, and other activist efforts . A must read." 
Gary Kinsman, gay liberation and anti-capitalist activist, co-author of The Canadian War on Queers
'Austin provides a wonderful contextual and critical Introduction making the contributions of CLR James, Robert Hill, Walter Rodney, James Forman, Stokely Carmichael and many others not only relevant to but also very much alive for contemporary movement theory and practice. A must read for all those concerned with anti-racist revolutionary social transformation today.' 
Aziz Choudry, Canada Research Chair in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production, McGill University
"Moving Against the System powerfully reminds us of the depth and breadth of the Black radical tradition and its profound, enduring contributions to anti-imperialist thought and action. But more than this, at a time when such acute insights are badly needed, Austin suggests critical ways to engage with these ideas and histories, to educate and inform today’s struggles to change the system." 
Steven High, Department of History, Concordia University
"Like Stokely Carmichael and so many others who participated in the 1968 Congress of Black Writers in Montreal, David Austin seeks to transform the paradigm… With this book, Austin further establishes himself as a leading light within that tradition." 
Asad Haider, author of Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump
'It is simply extraordinary to read, fifty years later, this collection from the Congress of Black Writers in Montreal in 1968. Not only has David Austin gathered and expertly introduced the interventions of some of the 20th century's most important intellectuals and militants, these texts remind us of a time when the struggles against racism, capitalism, and imperialism converged on a global scale and advanced a project for liberation… a project which remains central and necessary today.' 
David Roediger, author of Class, Race, and Marxism
"This remarkable collections gathers electric essays from a critical site of the making of a 'global 1968.' Masterfully introduced, it includes the work of leading pan-African thinkers and freedom fighters gathered at the most important North American intellectual event of that critical year. The histories and dilemmas that they dissect are ones with which we still very much live." 
Karen Dubinsky, Professor, Global Development Studies and History Queen’s University
"This collection is a treasure chest of Canadian, Caribbean, and African diasporic history.  And David Austin is a remarkable archivist, curator, detective and analyst of this decisive moment." 
Sunera Thobani, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia; author of Exalted Subjects
"David Austin has done a tremendous service by bringing together this brilliant and inspiring collection from the Congress of Black Writers....With white supremacy on the rise once again, the insights contained here provide a vital guide to the waging of revolutionary anti-racist praxis on a global scale." 
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