Black Star: Britain's Asian Youth Movements - Anandi Ramamurthy book launch


 Book Talks



Thursday 10 October 2013, 6pm, 'Black Star Britain's Asian Youth Movements', hosted by Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, at Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester

Saturday 2 November 2013, 2pm, Reclaiming History for the Present, Birmingham & Midlands Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS

 Wednesday 20 November 2013, 4-5.30pm 'Black Star Britain's Asian Youth Movements',Harrington Building Room 337, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Saturday 23 November 2013   'Black Star Britain's Asian Youth Movements', Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King's Cross , London N1 9DX


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The Politics and Identities of the Asian Youth Movements in 1970s and 1980s Britain



This digitised archive has been created to record the political ephemera produced by the Asian Youth Movements. The majority of the material does not belong to any archive but exists in precarious conditions in community centres and homes. In digitising this material we aim to preserve it for future generations to learn about the experiences and actions of young South Asians growing up in the towns and cities of Britain in the 1970s and 1980s. 




This archiving project has been carried out by the Department of Humanities, University of Central Lancashire and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The work is supported by an advisory committee, which includes individuals who were involved in these campaigns, academics and archivists.


Tandana - Aims

  1. Tandana aims to archive the visual and ephemeral culture of South Asian struggle in Britain for social, cultural and political rights.
  2. Tandana aims to give value to this heritage through:
    a. the creation of a centralised and accessible archive.
    b. the collection of supportive and contextual documentation.
  3. Tandana will digitise the ephemera and make this heritage accessible through the web to allow access by as wide a number of people as possible.
Advisory Committee


  • Mukhtar Dar - former member of AYM (Sheffield)
  • Matloob Hussayn Ali Khan, former member of AYM (Sheffield)
  • John Hutnyk - Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College
  • Virinder Kalra - Department of Sociology, University of Manchester
  • Tabasum Khan - Technical Consultant
  • Tariq Mehmood - former member of AYM (Bradford)
  • Anandi Ramamurthy - Project Manager, Tandana, Department of Humanities, University of Central Lancashire
  • Wendy Webster - Department of Humanities, University of Central Lancashire
  • Talat Butt - IT & Transmedia Consultant, Web Master and Film maker


If you would like to get in touch with the archive please contact:

Anandi Ramamurthy
Tandana - Glowworm
Department of Humanities
University of Central Lancashire
Tel: 01772 893040
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Educational Pack

Kala Tara: A History of the Asian Youth Movements in Britain

Teachers Pack

 Anwar Ditta: Bring my children home - main teacher's pack

Anwar Ditta Media Pack 1

Anwar Ditta Media Pack 2


Further Reading

CARF (1981) Southall: the birth of a black community, London: CARF, (ISBN 0 85001 0225)

CARF (1991) Newham: the forging of a black community, London: CARF/NMP, (ISBN 0951 7625 08)

P. Cohen & H. Bains (eds) (1988) Multi-Racist Britain, London: Macmillan, (ISBN 0 333 33250 4)

Mehmood, Tariq (1983) Hand on the Sun, Penguin
Mehmood, Tariq (2003) While there is light, Comma

Race Today Collective (1983) The Struggle of Asian Workers in Britain, Race Today (ISBN 0950349852)

Ramamurthy, A (2006) 'The Politics of Britain's the Asian Youth Movements',

Race & Class, Vol. 48, No. 2, 38-60 (2006)
DOI: 10.1177/0306396806069522

Ramdin, R (1987) The Making of the Black Working Class in Britain Aldershot, Wildwood House

Ramdin, Ron (1999) Re-imaging Britain: five hundred years of Black and Asian history, London: Pluto (074531600x)

Sivanandan, A (1982) A Different Hunger: Writings on Black Resistance, London: Pluto (ISBN 0 86104 371 5)

Sivanandan, A (1986) From resistance to rebellion: Asian and Afro-Caribbean struggles in Britain, London:IRR (ISBN 085001 0306)


Useful Websites

National Archives website on migration

Institute of Race Relations

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre

EMA online resources



The archive focuses on the public material produced by the AYMs.

Although material was collected from four regions, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Birmingham and London, the majority of the material retrieved has been from the North. This partly reflects the stability of some individuals in northern towns against the greater mobility of individuals in the South, especially London. We also prioritised the collection of material in the homes of individuals rather than material that has been collected by funded organisations. 

The majority of the ephemera collected represents material in the files of AYM members. Some material however, has been collected from other sources, where there were gaps. For example, material on campaigns against immigration controls in Manchester was scanned from the Steve Cohen collection at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Centre, because AYM members in Manchester could not locate much from their own files. In this sense, the archive material is a rich source for the study of anti-racism in the 1970s and 1980s. Inclusion

of material in the archive is not always an indication of a campaign being led by the AYMs, although it does indicate their support.

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The archive can be added to at any time.

If you have any comments or any material from either one of the AYMs featured in the archive or another such as Leicester or Nottingham which you would be happy to share, please contact us.

Any material submitted for the archive should be scanned as a TIFF file at 300dpi.

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