Forward Ever, Backward Never: The lasting impact of the Black Power in the Caribbean

Black History Month celebrates the achievements while calling attention to the struggles 'black' people continue to face in the United States, where it is called African-American History Month. But the fight for freedom and equality isn't limited to members of the African diaspora, who live within the borders of the United States nor was the progress made by those persons achieved alone. This month TeleSUR English will take an in-depth look at the "black" identity and the fight for freedom and equality in the Caribbean and Latin America, and it's influence on North America and the world.

Walter Anthony Rodney, a prominent Guyanese activist and historian. Born in 1942, Rodney was an active voice against imperialism. His book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, is considered to be one of the seminal works in understanding post-colonial politics.

Walter Anthony Rodney

The great Pan-African leader! Born in 1877, he led associations that advocated for the freedom of Africa. His movement garnered millions of followers around the world, and his philosophy keeps inspiring new generations.

Marcus Garvey

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Claudia Jones: Unknown Pan-Africanist, Feminist, and Communist

Canada's Caribana festival kicks off this weekend in Toronto. It's the largest gathering of Black people in North America and its roots come from in the struggles of marginalized Africans in the Americas, but has it gone commercial?

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The organization plans deliver a letter to the city mayor to remove the statue on Wednesday.

The organization plans deliver a letter to the city mayor to remove the statue on Wednesday.

 

Joining many cities in protest against the Oct. 9 Christopher Columbus Day, protestors in Port of Spain also took a stand and reached out to the mayor's office officially demanding the Columbus statue be removed from the capital city.

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Jones used the organizational space of the Communist Party to advance the cause of anti-racism, world peace, decolonization and the class struggle.

Claudia Jones was a revolutionary whose activism spanned two continents, North America and Europe. Claudia Vera Cumberbatch was born on February 21, 1915 in Belmont, Trinidad and Tobago, the land that has given rise to political luminaries such as C.L.R. James, Eric Williams, George Padmore and Kwame Ture (formerly Stokely Carmichael). She and family were forced to migrate to New York City during the years 1922-24 as a result of the economic hardship they experienced as members’ of Trinidad’s working-class.

 

She adopted the surname “Jones” as a protective measure in carrying out her organizing work with the Communist Party-USA (CPUSA). The preceding action was not an unusual one given the anti-communist hysteria and persecution of communists in the United States. Claudia passed away in the land of her exile, Great Britain, on December 25, 1964. Interestingly enough, Jones’ final place of rest is located just left of Karl Marx in London’s Highgate Cemetery.

 

She contributed to the work of the CPUSA as a journalist, editor, leader, theoretician, educator and organizer from 1936 until her deportation in December 1955. She worked with the party’s newspaper Daily Worker, served as the editor of the Young Communist League’s (YCL) Weekly Review, functioned as the YCL’s state director of education and state chairperson, became a full member of the CPUSA in 1945, elected to the National Committee of the CPUSA in 1948, took on the role of Secretary of the Women’s Commission, CPUSA, and worked in various roles in other party publications. Claudia was arrested three times because of her work in the CPUSA. She was convicted under the Smith Act that targeted the leaders of the CPUSA and served eight months in prison.

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To mark World Anti-Colonialism day, teleSUR presents five Caribbean leaders who fought bravely against slavery, fascism and colonialism.

Queen Nanny of the Maroons is one part historical fact, one part legend. She was active 18th century, fighting against British enslavement of her people in Jamaica.

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Abby Martin explores the legacy of the Black radical tradition today in the latest episode of teleSUR's The Empire Files.

Prominent radical social critic Cornel West said that Black History Month honors an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, internationalist tradition that fights for a truth that “is always to allow the suffering to speak no matter who is suffering.”

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