FOUNDATION WORK

THE WALTER RODNEY FOUNDATION has a wide range of programs, all of which preserve, promote and further the legacy of Walter Rodney. They are also consistent with the mission and vision of the WRF.

ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM Since 2004, an annual symposium is held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center. The Symposium is held during the week of Walter Rodney’s birthday (23 March). The goal is to bring together scholars, researchers, activists, students and the community to discuss contemporary issues from a Rodney perspective and the continuing relevance of Walter’s life and work. The annual event is free and open to the public. Past Presenters include: Andaiye (Women’s Rights and Human Rights Activist); Her Excellency, Ambassador Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States; Dr. Amiri Baraka (Activist and Playwright); Mr. Salih Booker (Africa Action); Dr. Thomas D. Boston (Georgia Institute of Technology); Dr. Horace Campbell (Syracuse University); Dr. Carole Boyce Davies (Cornell University); Jesus “Chucho” Garcia (Afroamerica Foundation); Dr. Paula Giddings (Noted Author and Historian), Rigoberto Giron (CARE USA) and; Dr. Lewis R. Gordon (Temple University). The 10th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium will be held at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, 111 James P. Brawley Dr. SW Atlanta, GA on Friday March 22nd from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday March 23rd from 12 noon – 6:00 p.m. “10th Anniversary Celebration: Reflections, Groundings and Advancing the Legacy” will feature keynote speaker Howard Dodson, Director Emeritus of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and currently Director of Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and University Libraries.  For More
PUBLICATIONS Consolidation of the intellectual property of Dr. Walter Rodney is a key function of the Foundation. We are engaged in reviewing and negotiating publishing contracts and enforcing copyright. In addition, work is underway to prepare a more comprehensive and accurate bibliography reflecting the breadth of Walter’s writings and teachings.
ARCHIVES + RESEARCH MATERIAL The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library is the repository for the Walter Rodney Papers. The papers are the largest and most comprehensive collection of writings, speeches, correspondence, photographs, audiotapes, and documents created by or about Walter Rodney anywhere in the world. The collection is available for viewing and research at the Archives and Special Collections of the Woodruff Library. There is a finding aid to the collection and an up-to-date bibliography of all books, papers, journals and articles written by and about Walter Rodney. To schedule an appointment, contact 404-978-2052 or archives@auctr.edu.
THE WALTER RODNEY LEGACY PROJECTS The Foundation is embarking on Legacy Projects designed to capture the historical aspects of Walter Rodney’s contribution and influence and introduce his works to future generations. Remember Walter Rodney is an outreach project by the family and Foundation to individuals and organizations throughout the world to document their memories and experiences with Walter. This massive outreach will also benefit the RWWL Archives as it may uncover additional material that may not otherwise have been discovered. The Oral History Project is a project to record interviews, conversations or monologues with elders and those who were close to Walter Rodney. The Walter Rodney Memorial Projectsupports the maintenance of the Walter Rodney Memorial Park and the resting place of Walter Rodney in Georgetown Guyana. Walter Rodney Live is a project to digitize and preserve audiotapes of Walter giving lectures, speeches and at other speaking engagements. The Walter Rodney & Youth Legacy Project promotes the use of Walter’s work among youth. It also seeks to foster the next new generation of activists, scholars, and leaders by promoting community/civic involvement, leadership and skills development through collaborative group projects. The initial phase of the Legacy Project focuses on youth in Guyana; specifically on the Guyana primary school and Queens College where Walter Rodney attended. It will encompass the “My Walter Rodney” essay contest for school children in Guyana and promote the inclusion of Walter Rodney’s works in schools in Guyana.
OTHER PROGRAMS + ACTIVITIES St. Stephen’s Primary School, Georgetown, Guyana The Annual scholarship provides financial support to purchase books and uniform to a child/children who was successful at the national Common Entrance examination and admitted to attend high school at Queen’s College. The Walter Rodney Scholarship Fund is to continue his legacy on the importance of education and achieving excellence. Dinkwa Women’s Development Organization (DIWIDEO), Tanzania, East Africa The organization works with and support women’s micro-enterprises. DIWIDEO supports several activities in the following key issue areas: Education, Rural Development, Health, and Advocacy. Funds were used to develop a communication system within the organization to support outreach and services to its projects. Children Helpers Foundation, Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa Provide financial support to children who have become orphans due to AIDS epidemic. The funds provided are used to pay school fees and purchase school supplies and personal care essentials.
WEBSITE It is intended to be a clearinghouse for information about Walter Rodney, his life and his works. The website features a biography; company information about the Foundation, its programs and activities, fundraising, volunteering, information about the symposia, information about the archives etc. There are also links to other activities, events and writings about Walter Rodney.