On Christmas Day in 1831, 60,000 enslaved Africans carried out the largest uprising in British West Indies history. Their uprising would prove a milestone on the road to emancipation only a few years later.
Perry Blankson is a Tribune columnist and a project coordinator at the Young Historians Project. He is a member of the Editorial Working Group for the History Matters Journal.
Belgium has finally returned Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba’s gold tooth — his only remains after his brutal murder. But there will only be justice when the Congolese win back what was truly killed in 1961: his politics of self-determination.
Last week, Blaise Compaoré was jailed for his role in the murder of Burkina Faso’s revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara — but real justice can only be won by a movement that fights to bring Sankara’s socialist vision back to life.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the US blockade of Cuba, a collective punishment of the Cuban people for their independence from US control. The blockade needs to end.