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Black Power Forty Years On (2014)

Brian Meeks

in Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory

Published by University Press of Mississippi

Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9781628461213
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781626740679 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.14325/mississippi/9781628461213.003.0006
Black Power Forty Years On (2014)

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The Caribbean Black Power was basically a movement for radical change of the Caribbean social and economic system. This chapter shows how the Caribbean Black Power was rooted in indigenous movements for black self-assertion, such as Rastafari. It was initiated by a new generation of radical youths who strongly advocated for an end to racial privileging, real economic and social improvement, and a more democratic politics. Some of the prominent personalities of the sixties-to-seventies Black Power era include Che Guevara, Ho Chi Minh, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Haile Selassie, and the most iconic figure of that generation, Walter Rodney. The impact of the Black Power movement was ambiguous at best; nevertheless, it signaled an era of black pride and identity that gained worldwide popularity in the seventies and into the present era.

Keywords: Caribbean Black Power; Rastafari; racial privileging; Che Guevara; Ho Chi Minh; Angela Davis; Malcolm X; Haile Selassie; Walter Rodney; black pride

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Subjects: Political History

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