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Critical Theorist of Revolutionary Decolonisation
Reiland Rabaka

This chapter assesses the philosophical thoughts of Bissau Guinean revolutionary, Amilcar Cabral, who was greatly influenced by Fanon. Rabaka analyses Cabral’s critical theories of revolutionary decolonization and revolutionary re-Africanization.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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Global Pan-African Feminist
Rhoda Reddock

This chapter examines the contributions of Amy Ashwood Garvey – the wife of Marcus Garvey – to the Universal Negro Improvement and Conservation Association and African Communities Imperial League; her feminist activism; and her travels to Africa and the Caribbean.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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Nobel Actor on a Pan-African Stage
Alison E. Stone Roofe

This chapter examines one of the early champions of African democracy: the only black Nobel prize winner in economics, St. Lucia’s Fabian intellectual, William Arthur Lewis. She assesses Lewis’s economic theories, his role as the economic adviser to Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, and his calls for multi-party democracy in Africa’s diverse states.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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Revolutionary Prophet of African Unity
Clinton Hutton

This chapter investigates how Jamaican musician, Bob Marley, used reggae – inspired by Marcus Garvey’s Pan-Africanism – as a weapon for preaching a liberation gospel advocating the decolonization of Southern Africa and the unity of Africa and its Diaspora.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
The Afro-Arab Peacemaker
Adekeye Adebajo

This chapter examines the Pan-African peacemaking of Africa’s first UN Secretary-General, Egypt’s Boutros Boutros-Ghali between 1992 and 1996, including his conflict management efforts in Angola, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Rwanda, and his landmark 1992 An Agenda For Peace report.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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The Burden of Exile
Louisa Uchum Egbunike

This chapter examines the work of a pioneering Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta, on women’s liberation and themes of the Diaspora that she explored through novels that drew heavily from her own life experiences.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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With Africa on His Mind
Selwyn R. Cudjoe

This chapter assesses the activist career of Trinidadian scholar, C.L.R James, who was a pioneering voice in post-colonial studies. James was also a political activist who focused centrally on subaltern studies. His 1938 Black Jacobins - a classic of the Haitian revolution – is examined.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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Black Power and “The Myth of My Own Self”
Vladimir Lucien

This chapter assesses the career of St. Lucian Nobel literature-winning playwright and poet, Derek Walcott, through an examination of some of his key texts, including an analysis of his discomfort with the proponents of “Black Power” in the 1960s and 1970s.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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Pan-African Politician and Diplomat
W. Andy Knight

This chapter examines the Pan-African career of Jamaica’s Dudley Thompson, a lawyer who put together the legal defence team that defended Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta from charges of being an instigator of the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule in 1952. Thompson was also a founder member of the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU), and served as his country’s ambassador to Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana and Namibia.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
Pan-African Pioneer
Gilbert M. Khadiagala

This chapter assesses the contributions of scholar-diplomat Edward Blyden – sometimes referred to as the “Father of Pan-Africanism” – to the movement through his concept of “Ethiopianism” which urged African Americans in the Diaspora to return to Africa to help develop the continent.

in The Pan-African Pantheon