This event included a book lauch for Chinedu Chukwudinma’s A Rebel’s Guide to Walter Rodeny. Chinedu is a social activist and writer based in London. Throughout the program we utilised his bookto summarise key insights about Rodney’s life. The material was easy to access and concise for our participants. It is a critical resource for anyone wanting to simplify the ideas of Rodney for youth.
The book does the necessary task of contextualising Rodney’s ideas to particular historical moments and places, detailing what is specific and useful about them and how the world might have received them at the time.
Chinedu was put into conversation with Molaodi Wa Sekake, author of Socialism NoMuntu Omusha – Taking The Oath of Revolution and Reflections from the Gutter both marxist reviews of black life in South Africa today. The debate between the two authors was lively as they both held views on Walter Rodney’s expressions of anti-imperialism.
The year 2022 marks 50 years since Guyana’s revolutionary, Walter Rodney, published How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. To celebrate the book and the life of Walter Rodney, Tshisimani held a week-long program in partnership with the Walter Rodney People’s Revolutionary Library, as part of it’s Radical Thinkers Series. The series included film screenings, public seminars, popular education workshops and closed with a youth day cultural event commemorating the valour of the South African youth of 1976. Walter Rodney died young – at the age of 38. His life as a revolutionary-intellectual was short-lived but impactful. We commemorated that spirit throughout the event with young people from all over Cape Town.
This is an archive of the series, including recordings of public events, images from the programme and a short documentary highlighting the popular education workshops at the centre of this program. It includes materials and insights into how to platform Rodney’s work for young people today through film, poetry and collective reading.
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This documents the popular education workshops held during the program including a short-documentary on the process it undertook and some key lessons we drew from it as well as lesson plans for the program itself.