Walter Rodney, 30 Years Since Assassination

Posted June 13, 2010

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Afro-Caribbean intellectual and revolutionary Walter Rodney. On June 13, 1980, Rodney was killed by a car bomb planted by an agent of the authoritarian and nominally “socialist” Forbes Burnham regime in Guyana–a regime he had mounted critical opposition against through the Working People’s Alliance. Rodney was the author of several groundbreaking books and pamphlets, most notably How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.

portrait of Walter RodneyIf you’re unfamiliar with this legend of Pan-Africanist and Marxist thought (or with Guyana, which has a fascinating history of struggle against capitalism and white supremacy), you owe it to yourself to check out some of the links below. If you are already among the many touched by his legacy, take a moment to encourage others to engage his writings and political activism. Please also utilize the comments section below to tell us how you first encountered Rodney or how he’s influenced your work or thought!

Walter Rodney writings archive

Revolutionary Centennial: Guyana’s 1905 Rebellion — Nigel Westmaas

Cheddi Jagan’s Politics and Legacy — an interview with Clive Y. Thomas

The Caribbean Left’s Legacy — Sara Abraham interviews Eusi Kwayana

The Targeting of Walter Rodney — Michael O. West

Terror and the Time (video)

The Terror and the Time — Interview with Rupert Roopnaraine by Monica Jardine and Andaiye

Walter Rodney Foundation

Coming soon to the webzine: videos and reports from the 2010 Walter Rodney Symposium!


2 responses to “Walter Rodney, 30 Years Since Assassination”

  1. Dianne Avatar

    Thanks for remembering Walter Rodney 30 years after his assassination! Here’s another article Against the Current published on this remarkable revolutionary thinker and activist:

    Sara Abraham’s “The Message and Meaning of Walter Rodney,” ATC 118 (Sept./Oct. 2005),