THE WALTER RODNEY FOUNDATION seeks to improve lives and build capacity through scholarship and programs, which promote education, health and human development from a social justice perspective.

The Walter Rodney Foundation was formed by the Rodney Family in 2006 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Walter Rodney Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.   The Foundation is committed to sharing the life and works of Walter Rodney with students, scholars and community activists around the world.

Since 2004, an Annual Walter Rodney Symposium has been held in Atlanta, Georgia.  The goal is to bring together scholars, researchers, activists, students and the community to discuss contemporary issues from a Rodney perspective.  The first annual symposium was held in conjunction with  the donation of the Walter Rodney Papers to the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Walter Rodney is recognized as one of the Caribbean’s most brilliant minds.   His scholarly works and political activism engendered a new political consciousness.  His PhD thesis, A History of the Upper Guinea Coast, illustrated his duality as an intellectual and activist as he challenged prevailing assumptions about African history and put forth his own ideas and models for analyzing the history of oppressed peoples.  His seminal work, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, provided a new construct for development theory and established framework for analyzing current global socio-economic and political issues.

Principal Objectives

  • Contribute to a more equitable society

  • Promote and facilitate literacy and education

  • Promote and facilitate health and development initiatives

  • Promote and facilitate civic involvement and leadership skills

  • Provide resources for the marginalized, especially women and youth

  • Promote scholarly use of the Walter Rodney Papers housed at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

  • Consolidate the intellectual property of Dr. Walter Rodney

  • Promote his legacy by holding seminars, conferences and symposia in schools, colleges and universities and communities