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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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The Abeng Newspaper and the Radical Politics of Postcolonial Blackness

The Abeng Newspaper and the Radical Politics of Postcolonial Blackness

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Black Power in the Caribbean

Anthony Bogues

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the Abeng newspaper in Jamaica as part of a radical political moment in the history of post-independence Jamaica. It sets the emergence of Abeng and the Jamaican Black Power movement in the context of a history of black political thought and activism in Jamaica that encompasses Garveyism, Rastafari and Ethiopianism. Abeng's role as a transmitter and organizer of critical consciousness is analyzed alongside its revolutionary black political ideology. The chapter suggests that the demise of Abeng as a political group occurred when different currents began to consolidate themselves into other political organizations outside the framework of radical black politics. Its demise signaled the end of an explicitly radical politics of blackness in Jamaica for some time.

Keywords:   Jamaica, Black Power, Abeng newspaper, Garveyism, Rastafari, Radical black politics

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