The October 16, 1968, riot, popularly known as the “Rodney Affair,” was a watershed moment in Caribbean political history. The riot was triggered by the Jamaican government's banning of the revolutionary scholar Walter Rodney. This essay discusses the 1968 riot and the political practice and thought of Walter Rodney as one moment in the historic moment of Black Power as an international political banner under which significant sections of the Black World were mobilized.

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