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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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Jamaican Black Power in the 1960s

Jamaican Black Power in the 1960s

(p.53) 2 Jamaican Black Power in the 1960s
Black Power in the Caribbean

Rupert Lewis

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines how Black Power activism developed in 1960s Jamaica, highlighting the contributions of Walter Rodney, the Abeng group, and lesser known grassroots activists. It shows how Jamaican Black Power drew on multiple streams of resistance to British colonial legacies and to the neo-colonial rule of the independence era, including Garveyism, Rastafarianism, and a strong identification with Africa. The chapter reflects on the response of the Jamaican state to Black Power, revisiting the demonstrations of October 1968 (the “Rodney riots”) and their political and cultural repercussions. It argues that the political agenda articulated through Black Power in the 1960s and 1970s has been only partially accomplished, while the need to address socio-economic deprivation remains an ongoing issue.

Keywords:   Black Power, Jamaica, Garveyism, Rastafarianism, Abeng group, Walter Rodney, Rodney riots

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