Red Africa : Reclaiming Revolutionary Black Politics


by Okoth, Kevin Ochieng
Society & social sciences


by Okoth, Kevin Ochieng | Society & social sciences
Published 03/10/2023 by Verso Books in the United Kingdom as part of the Salvage Editions series
Paperback | 176 pages

Excavating the history of Marxism and Black revolutionary politics Red Africa makes the case for a revolutionary Black politics inspired by Marxist anticolonial struggles in Africa. Contemporary debates on Black radicalism and decolonisation have lost sight of the concerns that animated their twentieth-century intellectual forebears. Okoth responds, challenging the claim that Marxism and Black radicalism are incompatible and showing that both are embraced in the anti-imperialist tradition he calls ‘Red Africa’.

The politics of Black revolutionary writers Eduardo Mondlane, Amilcar Cabral, Walter Rodney and Andree Blouin gesture toward a decolonised future that never materialised – instead it was betrayed, violently sup- pressed, or erased. We might yet build something new from the ruins of national liberation, something which sustains the utopian promise of freedom and refuses to surrender. Red Africa is a political project that hopes to salvage what remains of this tradition.