A Rebel’s Guide to Walter Rodney – A Book Launch

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 book to 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.

Participants read chapters out of the A Rebel’s Guide to Walter Rodney at the popular education Teach-ins held during the program.

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.

Socialism NoMuntu Omusha is a self-published title reflecting on the relevance of Socialism in an Occupied Azania

Cultural Evening: A Song for Rodney 

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Walter Rodney and Anti-Imperialist Politics Today

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.

Navigating the Archive

Click the link to see content related to the following events:

Day 1: Film Screening: Disturbance 68; The Past is Not the Future 

This includes the inputs which framed the start of the program, including messages from Patricia Rodney and Vusi Mahlangu from the Walter Rodney Revolutionary Library.

Day 2: Walter Rodney Through Popular Education 

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.

Day 2: Dr Natasha Shivji presents Rodney’s Understanding of Imperialism 

Dr Natasha Shivji delivers a public lecture on Rodney’s idea of imperialism with an active and involved audience.

Day 3: A Rebel’s Guide to Walter Rodney – A Book Launch 

This book launch includes inputs from Moloadi Wa Sekake and Chinedu Chukwudinma on A Rebel’s Guide to Walter Rodney and Socialism NoMuntu Omusha.

Day 3: Cultural Evening: A Song for Rodney 

This reflection on the cultural evening includes an overview of the evening including unique poetry performances on anti-imperialism and a collaboration with Jazz in the Native Yards.

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