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Ron Walters has had a most unusual depth and breadth of experience with and exposure to the richness, complexity, and significance of the idea of Africa among her peoples throughout the world, as well as her adversaries.
— Willard R. Johnson
This groundbreaking volume analyzes important case studies of Black political movements since the 1960s and the impact of the movements on the African American community. Herein, Walters analyzes heretofore largely unaddressed cases in which African American societies forged connections with others in the Diaspora within the framework of significant political movements.
Walters uses the tools of comparative politics for examining similar Black and white social institutions and organizations in the US and other countries and for creating a "tailored" Pan African perspective as a criteria with which to describe the interactive relationships between the American Black community and Blacks in Britain, South Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean. He fashions a unique and radically new perspective and model for addressing the age-old question of the African continuum by advancing the notion that Pan Africanism can be about the struggle for community - a struggle not incompatible with efforts to change the State. His is a twenty-first century view of race relations and classes in the post-modern era of capitalism.
Ron Walters has had a most unusual depth and breadth of experience with and exposure to the richness, complexity, and significance of the idea of Africa among her peoples throughout the world, as well as her adversaries. In this book he reveals and extols the continuing vitality the African spirit has in influencing the culture, politics, and sense of destiny and identity of nearly a sixth of the world's people. No one can understand our times without grasping this reality.
– Willard R. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, MIT