This study of the resistance of the Rastafari stemmed from a
long period of active political and intellectual work among blacks and Rastafari in
Jamaica, Canada, the Eastern Caribbean and the United Kingdom. In essence the study
is a mirror of the Pan African traditions of the ex-slaves and this work was inspired by
all those who urged me to merge my training in research and writing with the insights
gained from living and struggling in the Pan African world.
It is impossible to name all those who gave active support in the
actual process of the research. The research took me to the Eastern Caribbean, to
the Library of Congress in Washington, to the old headquarters of the Ethiopian World
Federation in New York, to Shashamane in Ethiopia, to the streets of Handsworth,
Birmingham, in England, and the gullies of Jamaica. It is important to say that not
a cent was contributed by any official state or philanthropic organisation. The
actual process of writing and publishing this work reflects the upward struggle of the
Rasta and dispersed African workers.
My wife, Makini Campbell, provided maximum support in many ways towards
the completion of this work. David Johnson and Diane Powell read drafts of chapters
and made useful suggestions. Vernella Fuller-Armah was very helpful in
proof-reading. Thanks also to the staff at Hansib Publishing who were involved in
the origination and production of the book.
Rasta and Resistance: From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney, by
Horace Campbell (African World Press 1987), p. VI.