Delivered at Conway Hall 21 May 1986. Chaired by Michael Foot, MP and presented by Baron Fenner Brockway.
After re-tracing the biographical material on Conway found in John D’Entremont’s Memorial Lecture of 1977, Brockway focuses on Conway’s relevance to today. As a consistent opponent of slavery, Conway would now be campaigning against racism, especially apartheid. As a believer in gender equality, he would now be supporting the women’s movement. As an opponent of imperialism, he would today be a participant in the movement for colonial freedom, and an opponent of Western neo-colonialism in the Third World. Finally, as someone who increasingly saw secularism in terms of political and social action, he would concur with the emphasis placed by many contemporary humanists on activism rather than merely sharing a philosophical position.