Part One: The Legacy of Walter Rodney

Thanks Rosaliene, for another informative Blog entry.

Three Worlds One Vision

Walter Rodney - Guyanese historian and political activistWalter Rodney (1942-1980)
Photo Credit: The Walter Rodney Foundation

Some individuals are born to change the way we see ourselves and the world we live in. Walter Rodney was such a person. A Guyanese historian, political activist, and author of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1972), he brought a new consciousness of self-emancipation across the Caribbean Region.

The following quotes are taken from The Groundings with my Brothersby Walter Rodney, first published in 1969. It covers the year he spent in Jamaica working among the masses and the Rastafari community. In Guyana, where the working poor still face oppression and struggle for survival, Rodney’s teachings remain relevant.


The West Indies have always been a part of white capitalist society. We have been the most suppressed section because we were a slave society and the legacy of slavery still rests heavily upon the West Indian black man.

Indeed, the…

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