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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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Secondary Decolonization

Secondary Decolonization

The Black Power Moment in Barbados, c. 1970

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Black Power in the Caribbean

Richard Drayton

University Press of Florida

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.

Keywords:   Secondary Decolonization, Black Power, Barbados, Independence, Errol Barrow, Democratic Labour Party (DLP)

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