Celebrate People's History: Walter Rodney

Josh MacPhee
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
July 2012
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
This poster is on a cream background with black, green, and red ink that creates an image of a person that fills up the center space. To the left is a quote and to the right is his name "Walter Rodney" and Celebrate People's History. Text along left edge of the poster reads: “What I am trying to say is this: The revolution is made by ordinary people, not by angels, made by people from all walks of life, and more particularly by the working class who are in the majority. And it is a sign of the times, the sign of the power of revolutionary transformation, when a street force (i.e. gang) member is developed into a fighting cadre in a political movement.” —Walter Rodney, from his final speech, June 1980. Walter Rodney was a Guyanese revolutionary and intellectual. A prominent Pan-Africanist, he wrote a number of important books, including How Europe Underdeveloped Africa—in which explains the evolution of neo-colonialism in Africa—and Groundings with My Brothers—about his work organizing with Rastas in Jamaica. He was murdered in 1980 by the Guyanese military."
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.