Catching Hell and Doing Well

Black Women in the UK - Abasindi Cooperative

November 2015
More details
  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    16th November 2015
  • ISBN 9781858566719
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 8.25"
  • Images photos, poems & press cuttings

This book records how Black women carved space within a specific community – with its political challenges and social realities – to determine and redefine their conditions. Photographs, poems and press cuttings enrich this historical and reflective account of the activism and achievements of the Abasindi Cooperative and its political impact. It shows Abasindi as a significant contributor and historical antecedent to community activism in the UK today against race, class and gender oppression. Above all it is a book about the daughters of ordinary women who individually and collectively have achieved extraordinary things.

Two academics, active in Abasindi for decades, describe and reflect on its challenges and achievements.

"This book is an invaluable and long overdue contribution to the history of Black feminist activism in the UK. Based on archival material, interviews and poetry from members of Manchester's Abasindi Black Women's Cooperative, and analyses of contemporary issues which impact Black women, their families and communities, it is a timely and necessary contribution to the UK's Black feminist archive."

Shirley Anne Tate, Associate Professor in Race and Culture, and Director, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies - , University of Leeds

About the authors
1. Abasindi Black Women’s Cooperative
2. The legacy of Black women’s activism
3. Cultural expressions of resilience
4. Ancestral journeys and diasporic connections
5. Loving body, skin and hair
6. Sowing seeds of success
7. The politics of sisterhood
8. Reflections

Diana Watt

Diana Watt teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University and has over 30 years of community-based voluntary experience. She was an active member of Abasindi.

Adele Jones

Adele Jones is Professor of Social Work at Huddersfield University. She was an active member of Abasindi.