While George Padmore is well known as the ‘father of African emancipation’, Cameron Duodu reminds us of the life and ideas of Edward Wilmot Blyden, ‘the. Whereas Marcus Mosiah Garvey is generally regarded to be the face of Pan- Africanism, Edward Wilmot Blyden is one of the forgotten figures. Blyden, Edward Wilmot August 3, February 7, The Liberian nationalist Edward W. Blyden was born on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas. He was.

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This organization was instrumental in his own emergence within Liberia and in the international community. Edward Blyden was born in St. He also made numerous visits to the United States on behalf of the ACS to urge educated blacks to emigrate.

Edward Wilmot Blyden

Bibliography Digital Primary Blyden, Rev. His writings displayed conversancy with the main current of ideas as well as originality, and he was often controversial.

He also traveled to the United States, where he spoke to major black churches about his work in Africa. He returned to Trinidad inwhere he practised as a lawyer until he died in Between and Blyden was again based in Liberia, holding various high academic and governmental offices.

From toin addition to his professorial duties, Blyden acted as Secretary of State of Liberia. In his works, Blyden argued that Africa and Africans have a worthy history and culture. The writer and publisher, Margaret Busby, met Blyden in the flesh 11 years ago, when Blyden visited London.


She confirmed to me: He used his diplomatic positions in London and Paris to advance this agenda. However, the unity theme was clouded by his belief that European colonialism in Africa could be positive for development. Pan-Negro Patriot, He believed that the climate would eedward Europeans from settling in Africa on a permanent basis.

He grew interested in becoming a minister after meeting a Dutch Reformed minister, Rev. Once in Liberia, Blyden entered school and prepared himself for a leadership role. Wilmof, irregularity and illegality in elections: He also made an unsuccessful attempt to become Liberia’s president in Blyden was born on the Caribbean island of St. Let us do hlyden with out African personality and be lost, if possible, in another Race.

Selected Letters of Edward Wilmot Blyden.

Blyden, Edward Wilmot

West Africa before Europe, and other addresses, delivered in England in and Blyden was born in St. InWilliams said it was time for all people of African descent to begin talking directly about matters of concern to themselves.

He rejected the prevailing notion of the inferiority of the black man but accepted the view that each major race has a special contribution to make to world civilization. The continent of Africa Blyden argued occupied an important geographical position, lying as it did between two great oceans – the highways of the principal portions of commerce.

During his lifetime he held a variety of positions in Liberia and Sierra Leone—Secretary of State, ambassador to the court of St. While his emigrationist vision for Liberia did not succeed as he had hoped, his racial fervor made him a symbolic figure for future generations of nationalists. Blyden was recognised in his youth for his talents and drive; he was educated and mentored by John Knox, an American Protestant minister in St ThomasDanish West Indies edwatd, who encouraged him to continue his education in the United States.


Globalizations Special Forum on Samir Amin’s proposal for a 5th international. From —06, Blyden directed the education of Muslims at an institution in Sierra Leone, where he lived edwarv Freetown. Father of the Pan-African paradigm. How much is too much?

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The University Press, Blyden was known more as an intellectual than as the typical grassroots freedom-fighter, and he wore many different hats.

After being appointed Liberia’s secretary of state in he served untilBlyden used this position to encourage the emigration of “genuine blacks,” rather than mulattoes, to Liberia. Prior to his death in Sierra Leone, Blyden was in poor health and received a moderate pension, at the instruction of the colonial secretary, from the governors of Sierra Leone, Lagos, edwatd the Gold Coast. He favored African names and dress and championed the establishment of educational and cultural institutions specifically designed to meet African needs and circumstances.

Edith Holden, Blyden of Liberia: