Top Pan-African Leaders from the Caribbean
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter-Martin Luther King Jr
It has been a tough few weeks for the African American community with the senseless deaths that seem to continue at the hands of racial profiling. Actually if we are honest, its been a tough few months and even years as African Americans continue to fight for equal rights and justice in the place that they call home. The hard reality is, our Caribbean diaspora community is not immune to what is happening in the United States. And because of this, we hold just as much responsibility for demanding equal rights and justice for all. There have been many Pan-African activists from the Caribbean throughout history that have fought alongside the African American community. The 2BKaribbean team will be profiling these activist over the next few weeks as a sign of solidarity with the African American community! Tell us who you would like to see next on this list.
- Kwame Ture was born as Stokely Carmichael on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, on June 29, 1941
- As a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, SNCC (pronounced SNICK), Kwame was arrested 26 times between 1964 and 1966 because of his work to register Africans in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, to vote.
- Kwame became known as the person who popularized the phrase “Black Power” when he articulated that demand in Greenwood, Mississippi, during the great Civil Rights march of that summer.
- In 1967, Carmichael became honorary prime minister of the militant Black Panther Party. He called for unity among the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, NAACP, and Nation of Islam so they could work together in their struggle for civil rights and equality.
- He founded the All African People Revolutionary Party and became an aide to Guinea’s Prime Minister, Ahmed Sekou Ture.
Amy Jacques Garvey
- Amy Jacques Garvey, the second wife of Marcus Garvey, is adequately recognized for her contribution to Pan-Africanism.
- After the imprisonment of Garvey, she disseminated his Pan-Africanist ideas by editing and publishing his writings in the book The Philosophy and Opinion of Marcus Garvey. Her 1963 memoir Garvey and Garveyism exposed the thoughts and legacy of Garvey to the Black Power Movement.
- Keisha N. Blaine states that Jacques Garvey could legitimately be“be credited as co-creator of Garveyism” given her influence on Garvey’s thoughts and her intellectual input into his articles and speeches as someone who helped him in writing them.
- Jacques Garvey spread the ideals of Pan-Africanism across the world in her position as editor and columnist ofThe Negro World and creator of “Our Women and What They Think” – a page dedicated to politically educating women.
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