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Black Power in the Caribbean$
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Kate Quinn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049090

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049090.001.0001

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An Organic Activist

An Organic Activist

Eusi Kwayana, Guyana, and Global Pan-Africanism

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(p.159) 7 An Organic Activist
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Black Power in the Caribbean
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Nigel Westmaas

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049090.003.0008

This chapter assesses the contributions of Guyanese Pan-Africanist activist and intellectual Eusi Kwayana, asking why he has not received the recognition he richly deserves. It traces the emergence of Kwayana as an “organic activist,” examining his extensive writings as well as his activism in ASCRIA and the Working People's Alliance (WPA). It contends that Kwayana's curious absence from the narrative of global Pan-Africanism and Black Power is partly explained by his relative lack of international travel within Pan-African circuits, his immersion in Guyanese village and national life, the difficulties in accessing his published work outside Guyana, his later support for multiracialism, and his criticism of the shortcomings of some variants of Pan-Africanism, specifically relating to issues of race and gender. A fuller appraisal of Kwayana's multiple contributions is long overdue.

Keywords:   Eusi Kwayana, Guyana, Pan-Africanism, Black Power, Organic activist, ASCRIA, Working People's Alliance (WPA), Race, Gender

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