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My year of reading African women, by Gary Younge
At last year’s Guardian Opinion Christmas party – modest affairs at which those who want to dance are outnumbered by those who want to talk by at least five to one – I met Chibundu Onuzo, a Nigerian author.


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Don’t pity May. Her immigration obsession helped get us into this mess
At the beginning of this week it was difficult to imagine that Theresa May could be any weaker, her party behave any more recklessly or the country appear any more shambolic in the eyes of the rest of the world. It’s only Thursday and we’re already setting new lows.


David Hogg, in Parkland: ‘We are not going to leave it to a generation of corrupt politicians to decide our future.’
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What happened next? How teenage shooting survivor David Hogg became a political leader
On 1 February 1960, 17-year-old Franklin McCain and three black friends went to the whites-only counter at Woolworths in Greensboro, North Carolina and took a seat. The humiliation of growing up black in the south had left the teenage McCain contemplating suicide. Having spent the previous night chastising the older generation for their failure to effectively confront segregation, the four young men had talked themselves into an act that was brave, reckless, exhilarating and, ultimately, liberating.


Empire Windrush migrants arrive at Tilbury in 1948.
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'There were Africans in Britain before the English came here': how Staying Power shook British history
“The very serious function of racism is distraction,” Toni Morrison argued in a lecture in Portland, Oregon, in 1975:
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