Gilroy, Paul

Gilroy, Paul
   b. 1956, Bethnal Green, London
   Gilroy, whose mother came from Guyana and was one of the first black headteachers in the UK, teaches at Goldsmiths’ College in the University of London. He was one of the foremost black academics and cultural critics in Britain in the 1990s. He came to prominence as a contributor to the CCCS volume The Empire Strikes Back, an exploration of race and black experience in 1970s Britain. His own influential publications include There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack and The Black Atlantic, in which he describes a transnational culture linking blacks across America, Africa and Europe.
   See also: Hall, Stuart

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