The Black Power Moment in Barbados, c. 1970
This chapter seeks to explore how Barbados participated in that global and regional moment for which “Black Power” as the emblem. It asserts that there were two convergent Black Power movements: one from above, and another from below, both of which sought to confront the limits of decolonization. Black Power is thus viewed as part of a process of “secondary decolonization”; a response to the inevitably partial and ambivalent victory of independence. The chapter assesses the policies of Errol Barrow's Democratic Labour Party administration in response to local and regional Black Power mobilization, detecting a leftwards shift after 1969. Thus the experience of Barbados in this period is closer to that of its Caribbean neighbors than has usually been assumed.
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