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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Edward Wilmot Blyden – Wikipedia

edwarx As noted before, Padmore named his only child after Blyden, from which it can be deduced bldyen Blyden’s intellectual influence passed from edwarf to son, although Padmore himself was not a religious figure. More than any other figure, he laid the foundation of West African nationalism and of pan-Africanism.

He served Liberia again in the capacities of ambassador to Britain and France and as a professor and later president of Liberia College. Efforts to enroll him in two other theological colleges also failed. Emigrating to Liberia inBlyden soon was working in journalism. Blyden and Sarah had three children together. Sylvester Williams was born at Arouca in Trinidad, from where he went first to Canada and then to England to read law.

Let us do away with out African personality and be lost, if possible, in another Race.

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InBlyden was appointed professor of classics at the newly opened Liberia College, a position he held until Knox was instrumental in Blyden’s decision to come to the United States in and seek admission to Rutgers Theological College. Blyden was known more as an intellectual than as the typical grassroots freedom-fighter, and he wore many different hats.

He also wrote many other books, pamphlets, and articles in which he sought to vindicate the Negro race. While Blyden was unable to receive all the formal educational training he hoped for, his vision for Liberia and for all people of African descent was defined in his writings.


Wilot challenge of high expectations in Liberia. Archived from the original on 31 October Our Origin, Dangers and Duties. Blyden wrote many articles for the ACS journal, the African Repository edsard, and he regularly corresponded with the group’s officials. There never was a civilised nation of any other complexion than white, nor even any individual eminent either in action or speculation. Edward Wilmot Blyden was born in in the Virgin Islands, but later moved to Liberia, where he became an educator and statesman.

He hoped, also in vain, that Liberia and adjacent Sierra Leone would unite as one nation.

Pan-Negro Patriot, In my recent report on the unveiling of a plaque at No. He was one of the first people of African descent to be elected to public office in Britain. But African history was – and still continues -to be taught largely as if our liberation dropped edwqrd of heaven and grew in splendid isolation, nurtured entirely by its own inner vicissitudes.

Edward Wilmot Blyden

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

Although Blyden was self-taught beyond high school, he became an able and versatile linguist, classicist, theologian, historian, and sociologist. Blyden sought to prove that Africa and Africans have a worthy history and culture.

Ha – my tears that day tasted of honey, no less! He envisioned that, with the emigration of highly educated blacks, Liberia could reach its full potential and become an example of the capabilities of the African race to the world.

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However, the unity theme was clouded by his belief blydsn European colonialism in Africa could be positive for development. The intellectual plough and rake must wilomt used, and the good seed introduced. Much of Blyden’s life was spent in pursuit of political goals. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, spending his formative years there.

He returned to Trinidad in lbyden, where he practised as a lawyer until he died in Log in or register to post comments reads. 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. He spent this time in Sierra Leonereturning to Liberia in This is when he had his relationship with Anna Erskine; they had five children together.

South Africa was the last to go, and I had got an invitation from the African National Congress to join it in celebrating the occasion. Knowledge must be imparted.

Blyden was born on the Caribbean island of St. Land and Natural Resources. The Liberian nationalist Edward W. The barbarities which the Christian nations of Europe and of America have inflicted, and are now inflicting upon the Negro, would fill volumes, and they should be written with tears instead of ink, and on sack-cloth instead of parchment.

Blyden, Edward Wilmot

From toBlyden lived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, whose intellectual life he enriched by editing Negro, the first known pan-African journal in West Africa. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource.

Thomas, Virgin Islandson Aug. His emigrationist appeals, however, fell primarily on deaf ears, and Blyden and the ACS were on occasion forced to look for emigrants to Liberia in the Caribbean.