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Racial nationalism and the political imagination

In 1976 the historian and activist Walter Rodney spoke at Howard University on the then-unfolding civil war in Angola.

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Africa needs the space to learn (and make mistakes) on its own terms

As Africa finds its voice after centuries of being silenced, well-intentioned outsiders must be careful to help and not hijack this moment.

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Movie Night: A discussion on the film “Concerning Violence,” about Franz Fanon’s writings and ideas

Apr11

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The Eight Years of Jan van Riebeeck

April 6th used to be a public holiday in Apartheid South Africa. It was supposed to be the day that Jan Van Riebeeck arrived in South Africa in 1652 as the chief colonial administrator of the Dutch East India Company’s new colonial settlement to settle what is now Cape Town. Who of my generation does not know this? It was drilled into all our minds at primary (read: elementary) school. And even if we were not lucky enough to go to school, the mythology certainly did not pass us by. The version of history taught to us started with him. In fact if the old history books were to be believed, this was when the history of our country started.

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#WhiteHistoryMonth: When Salazar met one of Lumumba’s murderers

History books and popular accounts of Portuguese colonialism are bi-polar: it was kinder and gentler (full of frolicking racial mixing), or more violent and corrupt than other colonialisms.

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Amilcar Cabral legacy

In a special issue on Amilcar Cabral Pambazuka news seeks to return to the life, writings, legacy, political, social, economic and cultural insights of this revolutionary figure whilst examining what he means to Africans and their struggles of today. Amilcar Cabral would be 90 years old on 12 September 2014 if his life had not been cruelly cut short by reactionary forces on 20 January 1973.

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