Part Two: The Legacy of Walter Rodney

Three Worlds One Vision

Walter Rodney Speaks - The Making of an African Intellectual - Africa World Press - USA - 1990Walter Rodney (1942-1980)
Photo Credit: Africa World Press

Walter Rodney – historian, Pan-Africanist, social critic, and political theorist – was actively involved in the struggle for freedom of black and progressive peoples worldwide. During the mid-1970s, when blacks debated the relationship between race and class, Walter Rodney observed:

The debate which is going on is the reflection of a profound deep-seated crisis in the capitalist and imperialist system. The fact that this debate simultaneously proceeds within the United States, within circles in Africa, Asia and Latin America, [and] within broad communities of students and intellectuals in Europe…indicates the universalization of a particular ideological debate at this time, and it is a reflection of the real crisis in capitalism and imperialism.

The above and following quotes come from Walter Rodney Speaks: The Making of an African Intellectual, published in 1990. This work represents transcripts of conversations between the Institute of…

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