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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He migrated to the U. There never was a civilised nation of any other complexion than white, nor even any individual eminent either in action or speculation.

Macmillan Reference USA, He continued his formal education at Alexander High School, Monrovia, and later became the institution’s principal in Due to his belief in Ethiopianism, in the late 19th century Blyden publicly supported the creation of a Jewish state in Israel ; he praised Theodore Herzl as the creator of “that marvelous movement called Zionism.

He argues that the latter was introduced chiefly by European colonizers. But all the teachings of general and particular history, all individual and national experience, are opposed to such an idea. In suggesting a redemptive role for African Americans in Africa through what he called EthiopianismBlyden likened their suffering in the diaspora to that of the Jews ; he supported wdward 19th-century Zionist project of Jews returning to Palestine.

Modern Language Association http: Biographies Edward Wilmot Blyden. His book was controversial in Great Britain.

He argued that the African race had made significant contributions to human civilization and that African cultural institutions and customs should be preserved. Look at the peasantry of many of the countries of Europe…Why are they so far down in the scale of civilisation? He still has surviving family members in Sierra Wimlot, who commemorate his anniversary each year.


Who will dare to affirm that Africa will remain in her gloom, when wipmot glory of the Lord shall have filled the whole earth? Oxford University Press,p. Blyden died in Freetown on 7 February, at the age of This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat But while in the United States he came into contact with Presbyterian associated with the colonization movement, under whose auspices he immigrated to Liberia in He went to the United States in May and sought to enter a theological college but was turned down because of his race.

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As a writer, Blyden is regarded widely as the “father of Pan-Africanism ” and is noted as one of the first people to articulate a notion of “African Personality” and the uniqueness of the “African race. He also led two important expeditions to Fouta Djallon in the interior. I edaard at Accra airport on some business or other when I ran into him as he was entering the immigration area on that day in September Skip to main content.

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Blyden, Edward Wilmot

Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. He hoped, also in vain, that Liberia and adjacent Sierra Leone would unite as one nation. Blyden sought to prove that Africa and Africans have a worthy history and culture. Archived from the original on 31 October In he left the country after narrowly escaping being lynched in an atmosphere of political instability caused by warring factions, and because of his opposition to mulatto rule and control within Liberia.


These were founded during the slavery years for the resettlement of free blacks from Great Britain and the United States. Along with being an educator, statesman and writer he also held positions of leadership in politics and diplomacy. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia.

Edward Wilmot Blyden

He was also a professor and later president of Liberia College. Blyden was known more as an intellectual than as the typical grassroots freedom-fighter, sdward he wore many different hats. Pan-Negro Patriot, —New York: Du Bois to participate in the conference.

Shall we tell you of their sorrows in the countries of their captivity? Retrieved 19 November It knows no limits.

He also became more acutely aware that the majority of people of African descent in the Americas were slaves, and this affected the future course of his life. The following year he relocated to Alkebulan Africasettling in Liberia.

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With an introduction by Casely Hayford. This organization was instrumental in his own emergence within Liberia and in the international community. Does not their conduct constantly remind those who meet them of their intimate relations with the barbarous past? West Africa before Europe, and other addresses, delivered in England in and He married into a prominent family and soon started working blyyden a journalist.