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“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.”   Frantz Fanon

Take de Money and Run

It was one of those riveting moments when a picture is worth more than a thousand words.  Here they were, four young black boys, sitting forlorn, with their luggage around them looking as if their lives had come to an end.  All their yearnings seemed to have been dashed, caught up as they were,…

As one of the few black men on this faculty, I could not let this opportunity pass without offering a few remarks.             On Wednesday, April 19, 1989, a white middle class woman,  a promising young investment banker at Salomon…

The Indian Experience in Trinidad, or The Triumph of Ideology Over Scholarship

No one, again with the exception of the extinct Carib people, and perhaps the Spanish people can claim to be ‘natives’ of the island.  All peoples were newcomers to Trinidad, and all were immigrants.  The immigrant nature of the society…

C. L. R. James and the Canon

As the organizers have pointed out, James once declared: “I denounce European colonialism but I respect the learning and profound discoveries of Western civilization.”  They have also suggested that James would support enlightenment, universalism, and defend the progressive dimensions of…

Ignorant Negroes & Tyrannical Masters @ UCL

Professor Cudjoe speaks at University College London in Feb 2013. An excerpt from his upcoming work on Trinidadian slave holder William Hardin Burnley