VIDEO: WHO WAS THOMAS SANKARA?
In August 1983 Thomas Sankara led an uprising in the former French colony of Upper Volta, bringing to power a popular revolutionary government, which organized workers, peasants, women, and youth to take steps to seize control of their own destiny in one of the poorest countries in the world. Sankara was assassinated in a counterrevolutionary coup in October 1987. An outstanding communist, he set an example like Cuban revolutionary leaders Fidel Castro and Che Guevara speaking out for the oppressed and exploited of the world.
Thomas Sankara Speaks, Women's Liberation and the African Freedom Struggle, and We Are Heirs of the World's Revolutions are books containing the speeches of Thomas Sankara.
Watch a 9-minute video in French with English subtitles about Thomas Sankara from France 24, a French publication broadcast service.
- Fred Nelson