Today is Robert Mugabe's 94th birthday, an African revolutionary who was a guerrilla for Zimbabwe's national liberation war against British colonialism. In 1964, Mugabe was captured by right-wing extremists, tortured, and held captive as a political prisoner for a decade under the white supremacist regime.
Before Zimbabwe's independence it was called Rhodesia and it was ruled by the white minority, with the backing of the USA. The #Rhodesia Bush War—popularly known as the #Zimbabwe War of Liberation—was a black uprising from 1964-1979 against the apartheid regime of the fascist Rhodesian Front.
The Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army was lead by Mugabe and supported by the Marxist governments in China, Mozambique, Ethiopia, East Germany, and Cuba. 10,000+ freedom fighters bravely sacrificed their lives in this heroic rebellion.
The war led to the international recognition of independence for Zimbabwe in 1980. Despite Robert Mugabe's personal allegiance to socialism, the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) party had a political program of black nationalism and left-wing populism which made big concessions to capitalism.
Zimbabwe today remains locked within the brutal confines of a capitalist economy. Mugabe has been ousted in a coup d'etat applauded by the Western imperialists. 72% of the country's population lives in poverty, fighting to survive on $1.25 a day, while 30% of the rural poor live in extreme deprivation. Much of this is due to Zimbabwe having to take loans from the IMF, which have increased dependency and implemented devastating social austerity measures.
Today the need for revolution still cries out. The Revolutionary Communist Party USA is prepared to lead the struggle in America with the science, the strategy, and the leadership to bring into being a whole new world. Learn more at www.revcom.us
Photo: 1996 wedding of Robert & Grace Mugabe
The first National Black Political Assembly (NBPA), formerly known as the Gary Convention, was held on March 10, 1972 in Gary, Indiana. The NBPA gathered around ten thousand Black-Americans to discuss and advocate for black communities that undergo significant economic and social crisis. Part of their goal was to raise the number of black politicians elected to office, increase representation, and create an agenda for fundamental change. #blackpower#blackhistory#blackandproud ✊🏾