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By Any Means Necessary: The Future of Black Radicalism

Visual artist Dread Scott and writer and academic Kehinde Andrews examine the rise in black radicalism through visual material that has defined this movement against racial injustice.

What to expect

The Black Lives Matter movement has recharged black politics and the fight for racial justice, inspiring a new generation to take to the streets.

In Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century (Zed, July 2018), Kehinde Andrews reclaims the history of the black radical movement from the stereotypes with which it has been targeted. He traces the history of its movements from resistance to slavery, through to figures such as Marcus Garvey and Malcom X, and connecting the dots to the Black Lives Matter movement of today.

To coincide with the Design Museum exhibition Hope to Nope: Graphics and politics 2008-18, Kehinde Andrews and American artist and civil rights activist Dread Scott discuss what a renewed politics of black radicalism looks like for the 21st century, and how design and visual arts can help steer it.

This event is part of the Speakers' Corner series delivered in partnership with Zed Books.

Booking information

Adult: £12
Student/Concession: £8
Members: £9

Image credit: Black Lives Matter demonstration, Photography: Thomas_H_photo (2016), Courtesy Creative Commons


Dr Kehinde Andrews

Dr Kehinde Andrews is Associate Professor of Sociology at Birmingham City University where he has been leading the development of the Black Studies Degree. His books include; Black Radicalism (forthcoming Zed Books 2018); Blackness in Britain (2016); Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality; and the Black Supplementary School Movement (2013).

Dread Scott

Dread Scott is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1, and on countless street corners. In 1989, President Bush declared his transgressive use of the American flag “disgraceful” and Congress outlawed his work.

Related exhibition

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18

Discover how graphic design has played a pivotal role in dictating and reacting to the major political moments of our times.

Background image: Frame from an unexpected encounter with Saturday's Black Lives Matter march through downtown Baltimore City, Photography: John Lucia (2016), Courtesy Creative Commons