Love for Liberation
African Independence, Black Power, and a Diaspora Underground
- PUBLISHED: July 2021
- SUBJECT LISTING: African American Studies, History / American History, Politics
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 252 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 7 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780295749051
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
During the height of the Cold War, passionate idealists across the US and Africa came together to fight for Black self-determination and the antiracist remaking of society. Beginning with the 1957 Ghanaian independence celebration, the optimism and challenges of African independence leaders were publicized to African Americans through community-based newspapers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Inspired by African independence—and frustrated with the slow pace of civil rights reforms in the US—a new generation of Black Power activists embarked on nonviolent direct action campaigns and built alternative institutions designed as spaces of freedom from racial subjugation. Featuring interviews with activists, extensive archival research, and media analysis, Robin Hayes reveals how Black Power and African independence activists created a diaspora underground, characterized by collaboration and reciprocal empowerment. Together, they redefined racial discrimination as an international human rights issue requiring education, sustained collective action, and global solidarity—laying the groundwork for future transnational racial justice movements, such as Black Lives Matter.
Authors & Contributors
Robin J. Hayes, PhD, is a contributor to the Atlantic, writer and director of the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba, and creative director of Progressive Pupil.
"With accessible writing that will engage both general readers and scholars, Hayes’s finely crafted book effectively shows that civil rights require sustained collective action and solidarity."-
"My kind of book!"- Opal Tometti, co-founder of Black Lives Matter
"[Hayes's] work is truly transnational, crossing many borders, and interdisciplinary, grounded in history, sociology, and politics...Highly recommended."-
"Love for Liberation provides an accessible and usable playbook of transnational histories and movement stories in a dynamic format. It presents new ways of thinking about and applying research on the globalization of race, Black culture, and the diaspora underground's relationship to social change."-
"Hayes has produced a work that will be of considerable interest to historians, political theorists, and a general public interested in both Black Power and African liberation."- Minkah Makalani, University of Texas at Austin
"A conceptually rich book. Its theoretical intervention around a ‘Diaspora underground’ is a brilliant framework that speaks to the nature of a radicalized Black Diaspora formed in response to state repression."- Quito Swan, University of Massachusetts Boston
"Binding the practical and the theoretical, Hayes gives us new ways to think about how transnationalism works, not only in politics but in hearts and minds. Bristling with insights on every page, Love for Liberation will engage—indeed, inspire."- Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Yale University (Emerita)
"This evocative, well-written study creatively illuminates the manifold connections that undergird the Diaspora Underground. Bravo!"- Gerald Horne, author of White Supremacy Confronted: U.S. Imperialism and Anti-Communism vs. the Liberation of Southern Africa, from Rhodes to Mandela
"Hayes offers a fresh, compelling, and illuminating lens onto a set of crucial questions about movements for Black liberation. The result is a conversation-changing book, one that fundamentally challenges much of the received wisdom about antiracist movements and activists."- Dara Z. Strolovitch, Princeton University
"Have the courage to read this book if you seek illuminating accounts of antiracism, liberation, and freedom aimed at making all Black lives matter!"- Neil Roberts, Williams College