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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 206–217.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Laurie R. Lambert In Moving Against the System: The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness , David Austin continues his important work as the leading historian of 1960s black Montreal. Moving Against the System illuminates histories that are critical to an...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 195–205.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Peter James Hudson Held at Montreal’s McGill University from 11 to 14 October 1968, the “Congress of Black Writers: Toward the Second Emancipation—the Dynamics of Black Liberation” was dubbed the largest Black Power conference ever held outside the United States. In Moving Against the System: The...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 228–238.
Published: 01 November 2020
... Americas in general—as well as the UK, and the world. And despite its small size, the black population in Montreal played an active role in this global struggle. The Congress of Black Writers was one, albeit important, manifestation of this phenomenon that, by promoting the need for revolutionary change...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 218–227.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Bedour Alagraa This essay views David Austin’s Moving Against the System: The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness through the prism of dread history as a way of considering how this text can be understood as a chronicling of the congress while also acting as a...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 22–39.
Published: 01 March 2013
... post–Cold War black agenda. According to these new narratives, the key words were civil rights and citizenship (and, to a lesser extent, integration ). This is the “eyes on the prize” account that gains traction with the elections of blacks to Congress and of black mayors, with the end of...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 17–41.
Published: 01 July 2010
... complicated reality existed during this period of the black freedom move- ment in the United States, however, through the heightened radicalization and questioning of nonviolence by Malcom X, members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 66–80.
Published: 01 September 2001
... Rodney on 12 October 1968 at the Congress of Black Writers in Montreal, Canada. * e original audiotape of the lecture and the others from the 1968 Congress of Black Writers are in the possession of the Alfi e Roberts Institute, Montreal, Canada. * ey were entrusted to David Austin...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 93–104.
Published: 01 February 2008
... believed to be a close associate” of Rodney; and it pegged Joey as Cheddi’s envoy to the Black Power movement in the greater Caribbean. The younger Jagan, the Jamaica- based American diplomats reported, “represented his father at a Congress in Montreal last November,” an apparent...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 178–187.
Published: 01 November 2014
... government of Jamaica, led by Prime Minister Hugh Shearer, deemed Rodney a “threat to national security.” After attending the Congress of Black Writers in Montreal, he was banned from ever returning to Jamaica and from his post as lecturer in African history at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Some...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 187–196.
Published: 01 July 2020
... historian Walter Rodney, a major proponent of Black Power, channeled the popular unrest and suffered reprisal for doing so. Rodney, an alumnus of and lecturer for the University of the West Indies (UWI), was banned from returning to Jamaica after attending the 1968 Congress of Black Writers in Montreal...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 152–165.
Published: 01 November 2013
...—and often explicitly—racist.” 6 Trouillot argues that the trope of exceptionalism, though not wielded exclusively by foreign writers, emerges out of the inability of nineteenth-century thinkers to grapple with the idea of a black postcolonial state. 7 He contends that it was the inability of...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 50–70.
Published: 01 March 2013
... to him the value of what he had learned. Thus, Garvey returned to Jamaica from England inspired with a greatly enlarged vision—not with any feeling of rejection. Travel had made him see “the need for greater unity amongst the black people of the world,” but such awareness derived from example and did...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 29–55.
Published: 01 July 2015
.... James, and Stokely Carmichael convening for a Congress of Black Writers that led to heightened activism and protest at McGill and Sir George Williams Universities. 61 Today, according to Statistics Canada, there are more than half a million Canadians with Caribbean roots, nearly a hundred thousand in...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 169–186.
Published: 01 March 2019
... conference in Montreal) not only triggered mass protests in Kingston but also, more important, precipitated the convergence of disparate revolutionary political elements—black power activists, politically oriented Rastafarians, Marxist intellectuals—into a loose coalition called the Abeng movement, critical...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): vii–xiv.
Published: 01 March 2009
... Rodney upon his return to Kingston from the Congress of Black Writers in Montreal on 15 October 1968 was only tinder to a box that was ready to explode.10 And not surprisingly, perhaps, the explosion that rippled across the Anglo-Creole Caribbean in its wake (energized by the 1970...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 85–177.
Published: 01 September 2001
... Speech by Walter Rodney delivered at Sir George William University, Montreal, Friday 18th October, 1968.” In all of this, Robin (Jerry) Small was a participant of particular importance. In “Literature of Black Struggle,” Lewis writes: “All African Youth Move publications are Rastafari based. By...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 124–137.
Published: 01 November 2017
... momentous arrivals and departures: Martin Luther King, telling Jamaicans that he felt “like a human being” when he visited in June 1965; 1 the state visit of Emperor Haile Selassie in April 1966; and the denial of Walter Rodney's reentry after his attendance at the Black Writers Conference in Montreal in...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 186–187.
Published: 01 September 2001
... in Montreal. He is currently editing the proceedings of the 1968 Congress of Black Writers for publication. teaches in the Department of Anthropology at John Jay College, CUNY. He is the author of Crossing the Green Line: Borders and Apartheid in the Pales- tinian West Bank (2001...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 60–65.
Published: 01 September 2001
...David Austin Introduction to Walter Rodney David Austin hen the Congress of Black Writers took place in October 1968 in Montreal, the world was in a state of perpetual turmoil and social upheaval. Reading the news- paper headlines of the time, one would think that the...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 239–242.
Published: 01 November 2020
... the System: The Congress of Black Writers and the Shaping of Global Consciousness (2018). roBert ChArlotte (whose work also appears on the covers of this issue) lives and works in Martinique. He studied in Paris (1986 89) and lived there for ten years, working in a photography studio where he refined...