The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 47, Issue 2

Article 4
The People’s Progressive Movement and the Black Star Newspaper in Barbados: Their Ideology and Official Reaction to It

Rodney Worrell


The People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) and its organ the Black Star newspaper advocated a form of Black Radicalism that made the political authorities in Barbados very uncomfortable. The PPM/Black Star was inspired and influenced by the Marxist philosophy, the liberation movements in Africa, the revolutionary movements in the Third World and the Black Power Movements in the United States and the Caribbean. The political elite and some sections of the Barbadian society were fearful that the violent protests seen elsewhere in the Caribbean and North Africa might come to Barbados. This article looks at the Black Radicalism of the PPM/Black Star and the reaction of the political ruling class to their ideology.