Nobody can liberate the working class but the working class
Nobody else gives somebody else freedom
Freedom is something for which you fight and then you win
If someone gives you freedom as a gift, it’s not really freedom
Dr Walter Rodney (1942-1980)
Dr Walter Rodney was a British Guyanese political activist and historian who was assassinated in Guyana in 1980. In Britain, he is best known for his book How Europe underdeveloped Africa, but within the British Caribbean diaspora he is known for his activism to create a better space for the community in Britain and in the Caribbean. I first came across his work at the start of my ‘Transforming Archives’ traineeship at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA). As well as being the largest archival institution in London, housing some of the major collections related to the social, political and economic history of the city, LMA also holds the first major collection from the Africa Caribbean community in London covering over fifty years of history. LMA also actively engages with the diverse communities across London.