Black Internationalism and Transnational Africa
This essay authored by Roderick (Rod) Douglas Bush, titled “Black Internationalism and Transnational Africa,” is a chapter in the anthology Rod Bush: Lessons from a Radical Black Scholar on Liberation, Love, and Justice, edited by Melanie E. L. Bush, and co-edited by Rose M. Brewer, Daniel Douglas, Loretta Chin, and Robert Newby (2019). It is a reprint by permission of a previously published chapter under the same title in Globalization and Transnational Africa, edited Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome and Olufemi Vaughn (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). In this exploration of the relationship between his experiences as an African-American growing up in Jim Crow south and coming of age in the 1960s and '70s, and the African diaspora, Rod Bush situates himself both in the era of struggle and of neoliberal globalization. He identifies the rise of a New Bandung and influence of transnational Africa as two key forces in shaping the future, for Blacks in the United States and throughout the globe as well as for the modern world itself.