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“Africa for the Africans”
Colin Grant

This chapter traces Garvey’s struggles to lead a “Back to Africa” Movement through the Universal Negro Improvement and Conservation Association and African Communities Imperial League (UNIA), as well as his activism in the US and Caribbean.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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Pioneering Feminist
Ada Uzoamaka Azodo

This chapter assesses the work of another pioneering woman feminist, Senegal’s Mariama Bâ, through her two major novels which call for the development of a liberated, egalitarian, and progressive African society, free of patriarchy.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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Pan-Africanism within a Politics of Respectability
Alease Brown

This chapter examines the activism of African-American writer, poet, singer, and actress, Maya Angelou through her autobiographies which described her three-year sojourn in Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana between 1962 and 1965, and her time in Egypt between 1961 and 1962.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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Making Life Sing in Pursuit of Utu
Ndirangu Wachanga

This chapter assesses the work and activism of Kenyan writer, Micere Mugo, who promoted curriculum transformation at the University of Nairobi before living in political exile in Zimbabwe and the US.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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Mama Africa
Nomsa Mwamuka

This chapter assesses the Pan-Africanist activism of South African singer, Miriam Makeba, who used her music and speeches to campaign against apartheid at the UN and other international fora. She also lived in Guinea, and travelled across Africa and its Diaspora spreading her message.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
Editor: Adekeye Adebajo

This collection of lively biographical essays examines historical and contemporary Pan-Africanism as an ideology of emancipation and unity. The volume covers thirty-six major figures, including well-known Pan-Africanists such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Amy Ashwood Garvey, C.L.R. James, George Padmore, Kwame Nkrumah, Frantz Fanon, Steve Biko, and Thabo Mbeki, as well as popular figures not typically identified with mainstream Pan-Africanism such as Maya Angelou, Mariama Bâ, Buchi Emecheta, Miriam Makeba, Ruth First, Wangari Maathai, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, V.Y. Mudimbe, Léopold Senghor, Malcolm X, Bob Marley, and Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. The book explores the history and pioneers of the movement; the quest for reparations; politicians; poets; activists; as well as Pan-Africanism in the social sciences, philosophy, literature, and its musical activists. With contributions from a diverse and prominent group of African, Caribbean, and African-American scholars, The Pan-African Pantheon is a comprehensive and diverse introductory reader for specialists and general readers alike.

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From the Twin Plagues of European Locusts to Africa’s Triple Quest for Emancipation
Adekeye Adebajo

This chapter reviews the history of Africa’s quest for Pan-African unity in the areas of politics, socio-economic development, and culture, and puts this in the context of the 39 figures of Pan-Africanism in this book in relation to their intellectual thought and individual struggles.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
Africa’s Quest for Authentic Knowledge
M. John Lamola

This chapter focuses on the Pan-Africanist philosophy of Beninois scholar-politician, Paulin Hountondji, and his quest to develop an African epistemology that was self-dependent and academically rigorous.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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The Regeneration of Africa
Bongani Ngqulunga

This chapter assesses the life and times of Pixley Seme, one of the founding members of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) in 1912 and its president-general between 1930 and 1936. The chapter also examines Seme’s efforts to fight racial injustice in neighbouring Swaziland.

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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Pan-African Foreign Policy Virtuoso
Pearl T. Robinson

This chapter analyses the activism of African-American civil rights lawyer, Randall Robinson, who used the TransAfrica Forum to wage the anti-apartheid struggle in the US in the 1970s and 1980s (pushing for economic and other sanctions), as well as to oppose military rule and to restore democracy in Haiti in the early 1990s.

in The Pan-African Pantheon