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The life and times of Walter Rodney


  • 1942    Born in Guyana 23rd March
  • 1960    Graduated from Queen’s College, Guyana 
  • 1960    Entered the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
  • 1963    Graduated from UWI Mona 
  • 1963    Advocated for the formation of the West Indian Federation 
  • 1963    Entered University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
  • 1965    Walter married Patricia Henry
  • 1965    Addressed a symposium on Guyana at Hyde Park, London
  • 1966    Awarded a Ph. D  in African Studies
  • 1966    First teaching appointment  at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Lectured in History
  • 1968    Teaching appointment at the University of the West Indies,  Mona Campus, Jamaica
  • 1968    Rodney launched the course African History at Mona
  • 1968    Attended Black Writers’ Conference in Montreal, Canada
  • 1968    Banned from re-entering Jamaica by the government
  • 1968    Returned to University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania
  • 1970    Published first book "A History of the Upper Guinea Coast" 
  • 1972    Published second book "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa" 
  • 1974    Invited by the University of Guyana to be a professor in African History
  • 1974    Returned to Guyana
  • 1974    Joined the opposition Working People’s Alliance
  • 1979    Arrested following the burning down of two government offices.    Charged with Arson
  • 1980    Assassinated by agents of the Burnham government in Guyana on the 13th June 
  • 1980    Buried in Guyana