Pan-Africanist Walter Rodney (1942–1980) was born to a working-class family in Guyana. He earned his Ph.D. at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 1966. His thesis, published in 1970, A History of the Upper Guinea Coast, 1545–1800 has remained a classic.Teaching in Tanzania and Jamaica, he gained international attention for his advocacy for the working poor. Rodney founded the Working People’s Alliance. He was killed in 1980 by a car bomb while he was running for office.