PROFESSOR ANTHONY REDDIE SPEAKING AT GREENBELT 2018
50 years since Enoch Powell's Rivers of Blood Speech
As we mark the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s death I am reminded that 2018 also marks the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘Rivers of Blood Speech’. Powell, speaking at a time when concerns over immigration from Commonwealth countries such as India and Pakistan was causing alarm, became a deeply polarised figure in British public life. For while thousands of trade unionists at the time sent in letters of support for Powell, Edward Heath, leader of the opposition Conservative Party, sacked Powell from the shadow cabinet. On the thirtieth anniversary of the speech in 1998, 64% of a Channel 4 studio audience brought together to discuss the legacy of his speech believed that Powell was not a racist but a courageous nationalist. At the time of writing there is a contentious proposal to mount a blue plaque in Wolverhampton in Enoch Powell’s honour as a former distinguished MP for the city.
Professor Anthony G. Reddie is a participative educator and liberation theologian who specialises in undertaking action-research and participative observational work with predominantly poorer Black communities in the UK. The author of 17 books, numerous journal articles and editor of Black Theology: An International Journal, Professor Reddie is renowned for his innovative and engaging teaching and facilitating style. He is one of the foremost Practical Black theologians in the world. In 2015 Professor Reddie was appointed Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systemic Theology at the University of South Africa.
Professor Reddie is a 'World Leading' scholar!
The South African National Research Foundation (equivalent of the UK REF) has announced it has awarded Professor Anthony Reddie an A rating for his scholarship. Professor Reddie is the first Black person to ever get an A rating in theology and religious studies in the history of the NRF in South Africa.
He has been awarded an A2 rating. The A and A2 rating are defined as follows:
A: Researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.
A2: A researcher in this group is recognised by the overriding majority of reviewers as a leading scholar in his/her field
internationally for the high quality and impact (either wide or confined) of his/her recent research outputs.
Professor Reddie's rating is valid from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2023.
New Book: Journeying to Justice.
Journeying to Justice provides the very first comprehensive appraisal of the tumultuous journey towards equity and reconciliation amongst British and Jamaican Baptists across two centuries of Christian missionary work, in which slavery, colonialism and racism has loomed large. This ground-breaking text brings together scholars and practitioners, lay and ordained, peoples from a variety of culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds, all speaking to the enduring truth of the gospel of Christ as a means of effecting social, political and spiritual transformation. Journeying to Justice reminds us that the way of Christ is that of the cross and that grace is always costly and being a disciple demands commitment to God and to others with whom we walk this journey of faith. At a time when the resurgence of nationalism is threatening to polarise many nations this text reminds us that in Christ there is solidarity amongst all peoples.
ISBN: 9781842279830 Price: £24.99
Presentations and books by Professor Anthony G. Reddie
You can hear selected presentations by Anthony here.
A full list of Anthony's books are here.