Murder of Guyanese historian Walter Rodney investigated


This video says about itself:

9 February 2014

The life of the great Guyanese scholar and revolutionary Walter Rodney burned with a rare intensity. The son of working class parents, Rodney showed great academic promise and was awarded scholarships to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and the School of African and Oriental Studies in London. He received his PhD from the latter at the age of twenty-four, and his thesis was published as A History of the Upper Guinea Coast, now a classic of African history. His most famous work, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, is a mainstay of radical literature and anticipated the influential world systems theory of Immanuel Wallerstein.

Not content merely to study the world, Rodney turned to revolutionary politics in Jamaica, Tanzania, and in Guyana. In his homeland, he helped form the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) and was a consistent voice for the oppressed and exploited. As Rodney became more popular, the threat of his revolutionary message stirred fears among the powerful in Guyana and throughout the Caribbean, and he was assassinated in 1980.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

GUYANA: The government said today that it has scheduled the first hearings for an in-depth investigation into the 1980 assassination of local historian and black activist Walter Rodney.

The South American country’s police chief and its army chief of staff are scheduled to testify at a hearing which is starting tomorrow.

Rodney was involved in the Black Power movement in the US and the Caribbean.

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