Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral (NEw & Expanded edtion)

“Never has it been more certain that our victory depends principally on our own actions. Tell no lies, claim no easy victories . . .” —Amílcar Cabral On the centennial of Amílcar Cabral’s birth, and fifty years after his passing, Claim No Easy Victories brings to life the resonance of his thought for today’s freedom movements. World-renowned revolutionary, poet, liberation philosopher, and leader of the anticolonial independence movement of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, Amílcar Cabral’s legacy stretches well beyond the shores of West Africa. His profound influence on the pan-Africanist movement and the Black liberation movement in the United States and the English-speaking world spans the ages—and is only growing in an era of renewed anti-imperialist internationalist struggle. In this unique collection of essays, radical thinkers from across Africa, the United States, and internationally commemorate Cabral’s life and legacy and his relevance to contemporary struggles for self-determination and emancipation. Claim No Easy Victories serves equally as an introduction or reintroduction to a figure and militant history that the rulers and beneficiaries of global racial capitalism would rather see forgotten. Understanding Cabral then and now sheds light on the necessity of grounding radical change in the creation of theory based on the actual conditions within which movements develop. The depth and dimension of Cabral’s theoretical ideas and revolutionary practice of building popular movements for liberation are assessed by each of the authors and critically reanimated for a new generation of freedom fighters. The book features contributions by: Kali Akuno, Samir Amin, David Austin, Jesse Benjamin, Angela Davis, Bill Fletcher Jr, Mireille Fanon-Mendès France, Lewis Gordon, Firoze Manji, Asha Rodney, Patricia Rodney, Olúfémi Táíwò—and others.

ISBN Print: 9781990263644
Publication Date: Sep 2023
Page Count: 490
Binding Type: Soft cover
Trim Size: 6in x 9in
Language: English
Colour: B&W

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Firoze Manji, a Kenyan with more than 40 years’ experience in international development, health and human rights, is the founder and publisher of Daraja Press, including host of the online interview series Organising in the time of Covid-19. He is…


    Acknowledgments and Dedication viii Preface to the Second Edition ix Preface to the First Edition xiii

    Section 1: Introduction 1

    1. Introduction 3 Amílcar Cabral and the Struggle of Memory against
    Forgetting (Firoze Manji and Bill Fletcher, Jr.)

    Section 2: The Legacy of Amílcar Cabral 11

    1. Amílcar Cabral and the Politics of Culture and Identity 13

      (Firoze Manji)

    2. No Easy Victories 31

      Some Reflections on Amílcar Cabral’s Legacy (Nigel C. Gibson)

    3. Class Suicide 41

      The Petit Bourgeoisie and the Challenges of Development (Samir Amin)

    4. Amílcar Cabral and the Pan-African Revolution (Ameth Lo) 63
    5. Amílcar Cabral 77 An Agronomist Before His Time (Carlos Schwarz)
    6. The Cabral Era 89 Strategic and Foreign Policy Objectives (Richard A. Lobban, Jr.)
    7. The Weapon of Theory 103 Amílcar Cabral and Africana Critical Theory (Reiland Rabaka)
    8. Weapons of Theory 117 Employing Amílcar Cabral in the Present (Nigel Westmaas)
    9. Sons of the Soil 123 Cabral and Saramago (Grant Farred)
    10. Cabral 131 His Thoughts and Actions in the Context of Our Time (Mustafah Dhada)
    11. In the Space of Amílcar Cabral (Helmi Sharawy) 141
    12. “The Cancer of Betrayal, which We Must 151 Uproot from Afrika . . .” (Aziz Salmone Fall)

    Section 3: Reflections on Cabral 159

    1. Militants Not Militarists: Cabral’s Forgotten Legacy 161

      (Matt Meyer)

    2. To Want and to Live 167 Thoughts for Today, Inspired by Amílcar Cabral
      (Lewis R. Gordon)
    3. Cabral and the Dispossession (Dehumanization) 173 of Humanity (Jacques Depelchin)
    4. Thinking with Our Own Heads and Walking with Our Own Feet 183 Interview with Augusta Henriques and Miguel Barros of Tiniguena (Molly Kane)
    5. The Significance Today of the Charismatic Figure, 193 Amílcar Cabral (Filomeno Lopes)
    6. On Shooting the Body and Not the Shadow 197 Honoring and Learning from Cabral Forty Years Later (Wangui Kimari)
    7. Amílcar Cabral:With Us Today(Adrian Harewood) 203
    8. Revolutionary Democracy, Class-Consciousness, and Cross-Class 209

      Movement Building Lessons from Amílcar Cabral (Maria Poblet)

    9. Telling No Lies is Not Easy 217

      A Reflection on Following Cabral’s Watchwords (William Minter)

    10. Amílcar Cabral 225 Tribute to an Original and Revolutionary Thinker
      (Demba Moussa Dembélé)

    Section 4: Cabral, Women, and Emancipation 231

    1. “But We Have to Fight Twice” 233 Reflections on the Contribution of Amílcar Cabral
      to the Liberation of Women (Stephanie Urdang)
    2. From Theory to Practice 237 Amílcar Cabral and Guinean Women in the Fight
      for Emancipation (Patrícia Godinho Gomes)

    Section 5: Cabral and the Pan-Africanists 249

    1. Walter Rodney and Amílcar Cabral 251 Common Commitments and Connected Praxis
      (Patricia Rodney, Asha Rodney, Jesse Benjamin,
      Hashim Gibril, and Senai Abraha)
    2. Class and Struggle 263 Cabral, Rodney, and the Complexities of Culture in Africa
      (David Austin)
    3. Remembering Cabral Today (Amrit Wilson) 273
    1. Cabral’s Theory of Struggle and 279 Caribbean Revolutionary Parallels (Perry Mars)
    2. Amílcar Cabral and Pan-Africanism (Explo Nani-Kofi) 285

    Section 6: Cabral, Culture, and Education 291

    1. Cabral, Culture, Progress, and the Metaphysics of 293 Difference (Olúfémi Táíwò)
    2. Cabral and Freire 301 The Importance of Cultural Capital in Rebuilding a
      Successful Education System in Guinea-Bissau
      (Brandon Lundy)
    3. Cabral, Culture, and Education (N. Barney Pityana) 311
    4. RAPKRIOL(U) 317 The Pan-Africanism of Cabral in the Music of the Youth
      (Miguelde Barros and Redy Wilson Lima)
    5. The PAIGC’s Political Education for Liberation 329 in Guinea-Bissau, 1963–74 (Sónia Vaz Borges)

    Section 7: Cabral and African American Struggles 355

    1. Amílcar Cabral and the Transformation of the 357

      African American Left in the United States (Bill Fletcher, Jr.)

    2. Linking the Struggles 365 Amílcar Cabral and His Impact and Legacy in the
      Black Liberation Movement (Kali Akuno)
    3. Praxis from the Center Back to the Margins 375 Amílcar Cabral’s Method as a Guide for
      Reconstructing the Radical Black Political Subject
      (Ajamu Baraka)
    4. Cabral, Black Liberation, and Cultural Struggle 383 (Makungu M. Akinyela)
    5. The Black Panther Party, African Liberation, 389 and Amílcar Cabral (Walter Turner)
    6. Memories Of Black Liberation 397 Amílcar Cabral (Angela Davis)

    Afterword: Restoring Pan-Africanism with Amílcar Cabral 401

    Kwesi M. H. Ta Fari (Fábio F. Gomes)

    Select 8: Bibliography 407 Original Bibliography Compiled by Chris Webb, Jeanpierre Diouf and Firoze Manji;

    Updated by Omolara Aluko and Firoze Manji

    Author Biographies 421 Index 430

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