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The next wave of Pan-Africanism

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Miller,Dionne Jackson (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Mar 31-Apr 6, 2005
New York, NY
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Jamaica, Blacks, Geography, Africa, Pan-Africanism, Culture, Black culture, Minority & ethnic groups
"It must be relevant because most of the Jamaican population is of African stock, and we have never been able to forge that link between the motherland and the Caribbean," he told IPS. "It's very important to decide on our next step (to develop) a South-South relationship because we've always been looking to the North." Pan-Africanism is in one sense a united movement of countries on the African continent, but in the wider sense, encompasses a collective consciousness of all peoples of African descent. "[Marcus Garvey], as the father of Pan-Africanism, always tried to forge that link - that's why he started the (shipping line) Black Star liner," said Mutabaruka. "Politicians, people don't see the necessity to deal with Africa because they say Africa is not a place of development." "There wasn't a single nation or country with people of African descent and Africans which did not celebrate Nelson Mandela becoming president (in South Africa), because there was such a strong sense of identification with that," [Zweledinga Pallo Jordan] notes. "(But) it wasn't just identification, it was based on the fact that everyone in the entire African community across the Atlantic had participated in one way or another, some in big ways, some in small ways, but everyone had made a contribution, that's why people felt it was their victory."