Scholarship on Black internationalism has experienced a revival. Whilst this scholarship has increasingly turned towards examining Du Bois’s thoughts on the “color line” in a global rather than national context, none do so by centering his Ethiopian-centered perspective. This book provides an examination of Du Bois’s efforts to link African Americans, Afro-Caribbean, and the Pan African project to Ethiopia as a response to the emerging question of Black historical identity.
For Du Bois, Ethiopia, Ethiopian history, and its monarchial leadership were essential to resolving the global problem of the “color line”. He believed that Africans in the Diaspora, especially in the United States, and Africans across Ethiopia should build reciprocal relations with Ethiopia for the benefit of the Black Race and their mutual development. Du Bois also made multiple attempts to engage and establish relations with Ethiopia and worked through official and unofficial channels to develop those relations.
By revisiting and reevaluating Du Bois’s engagement strategies with Ethiopia, the book suggests ways in which his evolving Pan-Africanism might be understood differently to how it has been deployed in scholarship on Black internationalism. The book provides new perspectives on Du Bois’s famous invocation of the global “color line” by uncovering his conceptual and practical reasons for specifically connecting Ethiopia to African Americans and the issues of global social and economic justice.
Ras Dr. Wayne Rose is a co-convener of the School of Sacrament Ras Tafari University (SOSACRU), and a former Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concerns. He currently works as a Lecturer at Morgan State University and a Graduate Adjunct professor of History at Jackson State University. He lectures on American History, African Diaspora History, and Afro-Caribbean spirituality. His previous teaching institutions include the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Conceptualizing and Historicizing Du Bois’s Early Life, Pan Africanism, and its Ethiopian Locality
Chapter 3. Situating Ethiopia as the Locality for Du Boisian Pan African Service: The Black Internationalist Locale
Chapter 4. Your Majesty’s Obedient Servant: 1930 to 1934
Chapter 5. Pursuing and Maintaining the Black Internationalist Agenda amidst the Drumbeats of War
Chapter 6. Emperor Haile Selassie I on the Shores of America, 1954
Chapter 7. The Conclusion
Appendix. W. E. B. Du Bois Correspondence
About the Author
In this most intriguing and professionally researched scholarly work, Ras Wayne Rose, has provided his readers with the politics of the 20th century that consumed the time and imagination of people of African descent in the US, the Caribbean, and even in Africa. Focused on Ethiopia, Emperor Haile Selassie, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Pan African movement, the author enlightens readers on the importance of Ethiopia to the political struggle of Black people and the intellectual Du Bois’ commitment to Ethiopia, the ‘Pan African Zion.’ This book is a must-read historical document that benefits scholars, researchers, students of Africa and Africana studies, and the general reader. It is also a precious contribution to general knowledge and scholarship at this time when Black Internationalism is reviving, and identity politics is becoming the order of the day.
Ras Wayne A. Rose has produced an outstanding and original work that will allow scholars to effectively reframe many central issues pertaining to W. E. B. Du Bois, Ethiopianism, and Black Internationalism. This book is an important intervention in Du Boisian studies and the debates about Black internationalism which will have a major impact in the fields of African American and African Diasporic Studies for years to come.
objectives via an original focus on Ethiopia, and Ethiopian and African American
engage with the global color line and Black Internationalism.
with international relations, including issues of war, peace and development.
2/10/22, Choice: This book was featured in a roundup of upcoming titles in African American studies for 2022.