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: 232 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 11 b&w illus., 1 map
- ISBN: 9780295749075
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.
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