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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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Black Power Forty Years On—An Introspection

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Black Power in the Caribbean

Brian Meeks

University Press of Florida

This chapter offers personal reflections on the forty years since the upsurge of Black Power in the Caribbean. Four nodal points of the period are examined from the perspective of an analysis of radical politics in the Caribbean: the Rodney events of 1968 in Jamaica; the 1970 Black Power uprising in Trinidad and Tobago; the period of PNP government in Jamaica under Michael Manley; and the rise and fall of the Grenada Revolution. The chapter assesses the significant but ambiguous impact that the Caribbean Black Power movement had on subsequent social and political events in the region. It argues that the Caribbean movement must be located within the broader global wave of resistance of the late 1960s as part of a wave of anti-systemic insurrection that challenged the authority of dominant states and systems.

Keywords:   Black Power in the Caribbean, Rodney riots, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago Black Power, Michael Manley, Grenada Revolution

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