My year of reading African women, by Gary Younge
Saturday 15th December 2018,
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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.
Don’t pity May. Her immigration obsession helped get us into this mess
Thursday 13th December 2018,
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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.
What happened next? How teenage shooting survivor David Hogg became a political leader
Wednesday 12th December 2018,
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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.
'There were Africans in Britain before the English came here': how Staying Power shook British history
Saturday 1st December 2018,
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“The very serious function of racism is distraction,” Toni Morrison argued in a lecture in Portland, Oregon, in 1975: