When Maurice Bishop and the New Jewel Movement staged a coup and took control of the caribbean island of Grenada in 1979, people of African-heritage across the world caught a glimpse of an alternative social and political reality - one that flew in the face of the capitalist, imperialist, neoliberal one they had been conditioned to.
'Forward Ever' revisited this flashpoint in diaspora history working with Damani Baker's film 'The House On Coco Road', a range of experts and practitioners and the public to better understand the legacy of Pan-African revolution and what this might mean today.
Throughout the project, we worked closely with Caribbean Labour Solidarity (CLS) who were concurrently developing a digital archive and learning resources focussed on Fedon, the publishing house of the Peoples' Revolutionary Government of Grenada. Items from the archive are featured on this project page alongside images from Damani Baker's personal archive, excerpts from Maurice Bishop's speeches, contemporary poetic responses to the revolution and a range of associated material. The full Fedon archive collated and hosted by CLS is now available to view here:
a poem by Theresa Lola