New Book on CLR James launched in London

A new book ‘CLR James in Hackney’ was launched on March 26th in London.

The book, co-edited by Gaverne Bennett and Christian Hogsbjerg recounts an important event in the history of anti-racism in Britain,  the 1985 renaming of  the Dalston Library in Hackney, north-east London as the C.L.R. James Library.

CLR James Library Dalston
CLR James Library, Dalston

The book tells the story of how the library came to be named after James, a revered international scholar, writer, Marxist and Pan-Africanist who was born in Trinidad in 1901.

James lived between the United States and England, frequently visiting Trinidad in between.

He died in London in 1989 and is buried in Tunapuna, the town of his birth.

The book features rare interviews and contributions from the activists who were involved in lobbying the council for the library’s renaming.

Order a copy here