Arthur Lewis Lectures

Our series of annual Arthur Lewis Lectures started in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the economist Arthur Lewis, who became Britain's first black professor when he was appointed to a Chair at Manchester in 1948.

2018 Arthur Lewis Lecture

Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics

Fists of Defiance: Tommie Smith 50 years on from Mexico ‘68

The 2018 Arthur Lewis Lecture, in association with the Runnymede Trust and Voice4Change, brought a living legend to Manchester: Tommie Smith, the black American athlete who at the 1968 Olympics became the first man to run the 200m in under 20 seconds and then, along with bronze medallist and compatriot John Carlos, gave the iconic 'black power salute' on the medal podium during the US National Anthem. After a short documentary about that iconic moment and its aftermath, Tommie had a conversation with award-winning consultant, educator, strategist and former athlete Michelle Moore and took questions from the audience about the effects of the events of 1968 on himself and his fellow medallists and their role in the civil rights movement.

If you would like to find out more about the history and consequences of what happened in 1968, there's an excellent documentary on Youtube (run time: 1 hour). Watch the documentary

Past Arthur Lewis Lectures

  • Gary Younge - 'Who Let the Dogs Out: The politics of reporting race and violence'
  • Kate Pickett,'The enemy between us: the social and psychological costs of inequality'
  • Danny Dorling, 'Inequality and understanding the danger of idiots'
  • Greg Dyke, 'Tackling discrimination: football, media and the pursuit of equality'
  • Jim O'Neill, 'The complex and changing world economy'

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