Black Star documents the vibrant Asian Youth Movements in 1970s and 80s Britain who struggled against the racism of the street and the state. Anandi Ramamurthy shows how they drew inspiration from Black Power movements as well as anti-imperialist and workers' struggles across the globe.
Drawing on her intimate knowledge and extensive research, Ramamurthy shows how the struggle to make Britain 'home' led to a broad-based identity where 'black' was a political colour inspiring unity amongst all those struggling against racism.
Ramamurthy documents how by the late 1980s this broad-based black identity disintegrated as Islamophobia became a new form of racism. In the process, the legacy of the Asian Youth Movements has been largely hidden. Black Star retrieves this history and demonstrates its importance for political struggles today.
This fascinating account, told from the point of view of the Asian Youth Movements of the 1970s and 80s, reclaims an important chapter in the history of the struggle of working-class Black communities against racism in Britain. The politics of that period, the strategies of struggle and the responses of the British state are still enormously relevant today. (Amrit Wilson, author of Dreams Questions Struggles)