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Paul Stephenson is one of the UK's leading Civil Rights activists and has travelled extensivey to the United States to support the US Civil Rights Movement. In his foreword to Memories of a Black Englishman Tony Benn writes: "Paul Stephenson's life, as readers of this book will see, offers living proof that history is made by the people who make the effort. "It also shows that the initial hostility that they provoke is replaced by respect and good will if the effort continues for long enough. "Paul Stephenson's life confirms that expectation and I strongly recommend his book." Paul Stephenson enlisted the support of Tony Benn (then a Labour MP in Bristol) to take on the Bristol Bus Company in 1963 who were refusing to employ black drivers. The Bristol Bus Boycott was based on the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1956 and marked the start of a lifetime of campaigning by Stephenson. He was regarded as a trouble maker as he challenged racist practices in all aspects of life and strove to bring together black and white communities across the world. His work has been hugely influential and has resulted in him being honored with an OBE and being given the Freedom of the City of Bristol where he lives with his wife Joyce.
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The close diplomatic, economic, and military ties that comprising the "special relationship" between the United States and Great Britain have received plenty of attention from historians over the years. Less frequently noted are the countries' shared experiences of empire, white supremacy, racial inequality, and neoliberalism - and the attendant struggles for civil rights and political reform that have marked their recent history. This state-of-the-field collection traces the contours of this other "special relationship," exploring its implications for our understanding of the development of an internationally interconnected civil rights movement. Here, scholars from a range of research fields contribute essays on a wide variety of themes, from solidarity protests to calypso culture to white supremacy.
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