EDWARD WILMOT BLYDEN PDF

As an infant, he suffered the effects of rickets brought on by malnutrition in the wake of the —19 Spanish flu pandemic. While this affected his ability to walk in early childhood it was not a lasting disability. Edward and his sister Amina were raised by their mother, Isa Cleopatra Blyden and their Liberian grandmother, Anna Espadon Erskine , [1] who were both headmistresses of primary schools in the Muslim communities of Foulah Town and Fourah Bay even though the family were active members of the Zion Methodist Church, Wilberforce Street. He attended the Ebenezer Amalgamated Primary School.

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S Virgin Islands. Blyden was the third of seven children and was born to Romeo and Judith Blyden, a tailor and schoolteacher , respectively. The family lived in a predominantly Jewish and English speaking community, and attended church at the integrated Dutch Reformed Church. In , the family moved to Porto Bello, Venezuela where Blyden first discovered his facility with languages. He also found that black free Venezuelans performed much the same menial labor as enslaved blacks in the Virgin Islands.

John P. Knox, the pastor at the Dutch Reformed Church. In May , Blyden accompanied Mrs. Blyden turned his attention to Africa. The West African nation of Liberia had become independent in Blyden accepted an offer in to come to Liberia to teach.

There he began self-directed studies of theology, the classics, geography and mathematics. He was also appointed editor of the Liberian Herald , then the only newspaper in the nation, by Liberian President Joseph Roberts. Drawing on both scriptures and science, Blyden challenged the arguments about black inferiority that were increasingly popular in Europe and North America during this period.

He argued black equality and used examples of little known but successful persons of African ancestry. Blyden also challenged black and mulatto elites in Liberia who hoped to monopolize political power. From these posts he called for the emigration of skilled and intelligent Black West Indians and African Americans to Liberia. Not surprisingly his proposals drew determined opposition from the Liberian elite.

Nonetheless in , Blyden ran for President of Liberia. After his defeat he went into self-imposed exile in neighboring Sierra Leone.

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S Virgin Islands. Blyden was the third of seven children and was born to Romeo and Judith Blyden, a tailor and schoolteacher , respectively. The family lived in a predominantly Jewish and English speaking community, and attended church at the integrated Dutch Reformed Church. In , the family moved to Porto Bello, Venezuela where Blyden first discovered his facility with languages. He also found that black free Venezuelans performed much the same menial labor as enslaved blacks in the Virgin Islands. John P. Knox, the pastor at the Dutch Reformed Church.

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The book was immediately hailed as a masterful achievement, and is still in print and circulation today. In Liberia, Blyden had taken on the mantle of state work, but in Sierra Leone, he was free to become the activist that he would become known as. Complete autonomy from White culture, colonialism, and religious influence. When Pan-Africans seek to change the language they speak, abandon western style religions like Christianity, and adopt African styles of dress, they seek autonomy from white culture. Blyden taught that white culture had been so thoroughly rooted in racism and economic exploitation that it no longer served any group but the Europeans. Instead of assimilation, he advocated a return to indigenous values and repatriation back to Africa for members of the diaspora.

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