Dr. Walter Rodney and Indentureship
Dr. Walter Rodney (1942 – 1980) was a prominent Guyanese historian, academic and political activist. In Guyana, he lived with constant police harassment and frequent threats against his life until his assassination by a bomb in Georgetown at the age of 38. Walter was married to Patricia Rodney, and together they have three children: Shaka, Kanini and Asha.
Rodney gave vibrancy to the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), a party aimed to “create political consciousness, replacing ethnic politics with revolutionary organisations based on class solidarity”. It was a potent force against the PNC government. In 1974, he was due to take up a position as a Professor of History at the University of Guyana, but the PNC Government, headed by Forbes Burnham, rescinded his appointment.
He was a devoted Pan-Africanist and Marxist who was involved in the Black Power movement in the Caribbean and North America. He was preoccupied with the African Liberation Struggle, and was either affiliated to, or had established, the Black Writers Congress, Black Arts Movement and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). In 1966, Rodney lectured in African History at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
Although, Rodney’s speeches, lectures and writings focused on Africa, Africans and the African Diaspora, he called for unity between Afro- and Indo- Guyanese along class lines. In the last year before his assassination, he wrote a children’s book entitled Lakshmi Out of India and History of the Guyanese Working People, 1881-1905. These books dealt with Indian indentureship. His close friends and colleagues were Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, Moses Bhagwan and Josh Ramsammy, who disappointedly, did not publicly identify with, speak or write about Indians, India and/or the Indian Diaspora. They refused to follow the footsteps of their guru who was race conscious and proclaimed his pride in his history and heritage.
Please join us THIS SUNDAY for a joint ICC (Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre), AGI (Ameena Gafoor Institute) + WRP@PET (Walter Rodney Programme @ Pluto Educational Trust) ZOOM Public Meeting on Sunday October 3, 2021 at (1.00 p.m. Belize), (3.00 p.m. New York/Eastern time), (3.00 p.m. Trinidad/Atlantic time), (3.00 p.m. Guyana), (4.00 p.m. Suriname), (8.00 p.m. England), (9.00 p.m. South Africa), (Mon 12.05 a.m. India, ND), (Mon 7.00 a.m. Fiji).
Dr. Walter Rodney and Indentureship
HON. MOHABIR ANIL NANDLALL – Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs of Guyana since 2020, and from 2011 to 2015; graduate of Hugh Wooding Law School. Will speak on projects to honour Rodney.
GINA NADIRA MILLER – Guyanese-British business owner and activist who initiated the 2016 court case against the British government over its authority to implement Brexit
DR. RICHARD DRAYTON – Professor of Imperial and Global History at King’s College in London; born in Guyana, grew up in Barbados, and educated at Harvard, Oxford and Yale
DR. SHERRY-ANN SINGH – Senior Lecturer & Head of the Department of History, UWI, Trinidad; teaches courses in Indian History and Indian Diaspora Studies
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