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This Black History Month, we remember Amilcar Cabral, one of Africa's most influential socialist revolutionaries, military strategists and independence leaders.
Cabral led the fight for the independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde from Portuguese colonialism. As a committed pan-Africanist and socialist, Cabral fought for the independence for all of Portugal’s African colonies, while aiming to build a socialist bloc by unifying Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde. In the areas liberated during the war, Cabral's forces tried to build a socialist economy with central planning and cooperatives. Cabral, trained as an agronomist, pioneered social and agricultural programs to ensure both the supplies for the liberation army as well as the local people.
Amilcar Cabral was assassinated only eight months before Guinea-Bissau's independence, shot by members of his own movement, allegedly influenced by the Portuguese intelligence services. Before his assassination, Amílcar Cabral was one of Africa’s leading anti-colonialists and the revolutionary war he led not only defeated Portuguese colonialism in Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, it also helped spark the fall of Portugal’s fascist dictatorship and its entire empire and influenced struggles for liberation across Africa and beyond.
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