“1968 – 2018:
Reflecting on 50 Years of Struggle”
Save the Date
March 23rd & 24th, 2018
The 15th Annual
Walter Rodney Symposium
The 15th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium will reflect on the 50th anniversary of 1968, including the 50th anniversary of one of Walter Rodney’s most important books: The Groundings with My Brothers (GWMB).
1968 was a truly momentous year in the history of global social movements, a year of global revolution.
It comprised the primary year of the shift from the Civil Rights to Black Power movements and Black Consciousness; the emergence of Black and Ethnic Studies programs; the “Rodney Riots” in Jamaica; innumerable assassinations, uprisings and student movements globally; open social conflicts as seen in the Democratic National Convention in Chicago that year; the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.; the Poor People’s Campaign, and the Olympics Black Power salute which followed thereafter.
Why Groundings with My Brothers?
The Groundings With My Brothers (GWMB) is a collection of public speeches made in Jamaica by Walter Rodney in 1968, when he was a Lecturer of African History at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. The text remains one of a handful of formative Black radical texts to emerge from the20thcentury, and is more relevant today than ever.
GWMB, Rodney’s ban from Jamaica and the ensuing “Rodney Riots” in 1968, is particularly important to the Caribbean and Jamaican experience of the Black Power Movement. The underpinnings of the movement and of Rodney’s contribution to it, is an important historical and ongoing struggle within the global south.