[Dear Steering Committee Member, I want to propose that ACAS write a letter immediately to seek justice in the unresolved case of the assassination of the Africa scholar, Walter Rodney.]
by Ed Ferguson, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
February 20, 1987
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Mailing to the ACAS Steering Committee from Executive Secretary Ed Ferguson. Ferguson explains the recent breakthrough in the six-and-a-half-year effort by Pat Rodney, Walter Rodney’s widow, and friends to track down the person who is thought to have given a concealed bomb to Rodney which killed him in 1980. This man, Gregory Smith, was a member of the Guyanese army who disappeared immediately after the killing. In January, Smith was located ln Cayenne, French Guiana, according to the February issue of Caribbean Contact, published in Barbados by the Caribbean Conference of Churches. An international appeal to President Hoyte in support of Pat Rodney's request may be helpful, so Ferguson has drafted a letter from ACAS to President Hoyte requesting the extradition of Smith and an independent enquiry into the circumstances of Rodney's death. The letter is intended for Immanuel Wallerstein to sign, since he knew Rodney well. Additional letters to Desmond Hoyte from other scholars would be helpful too.
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers