Black Power and Socialism in the West Indies

Socialist History - ISSN 0969-4331
Volume 2022 Number 62

Black Power and Socialism in the West Indies
Ben Gowland pages 63-84


This piece examines articulations of socialist politics and theory by West Indian Black Power groups and actors. It positions the emergence of Black Power in the West Indies in the late 1960s in the context of the global upsurge in revolutionary activity often associated with 1968 and the various socialist-inflected protest movements that emerged at that time. It shows how Black Power groups and thinkers in the West Indies deployed a socialist analysis of the post-colonial nation-states of the region which gained independence in the 1960s and 1970s. Analyses of neo-colonialism in the Caribbean, and the Global South more broadly, developed by Black Power groups and thinkers and articulated through a Black Power politics, made a core contribution. West Indian Black Power’s anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist politics and thought saw that race and class oppression were inseparably intertwined in the region. From this theoretical position emerged an interest in and commitments to solidarity with socialist revolutions and struggles across the Global South in the 1960s and 1970s. This article examines West Indian Black Power’s solidarity with anti-colonial struggles in Africa and its interactions with the Cuban Revolution. 

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Ben Gowland (2022) Black Power and Socialism in the West Indies, Socialist History, 2022(62), 63-84

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