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.
two decades from 1960 to 1980, with over 75 publications, many dealing with Africa’s economic and political development. This post-independence era moulded a peculiar set of leaders, and gave birth to a unique type of conversation and an “angst” which Lewis – an economist bred intellectually in white Britain – was driven to confront.
England became the launch pad for Lewis’s early engagement with pre-independence Africa, as the search for an alternative post-colonial government and society became central to Pan-Africanthought and
Pan-African Philosopher of Democracy and Development
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of democracy and development in Africa. The first proposition is that Fanon viewed and used political and social theory as an ethical and culturally grounded policy-oriented activity, which must inform the design of African economic, political, and social institutions and their governance processes. For him, political theory should draw on and reflect the lived experiences, shared cultural values and common interests of black and African peoples. In this respect, Fanon reflected a common theme in radical and progressive Pan-Africanthought about the social
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Women’s Organising, Communism, and the Institutional Spaces of Radical Pan-AfricanThought’, Women, Gender, and Families of Color , 4:2 (2016), 250–273,
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. It comes at a time of increasing interest in Pan-Africanthought and Africa’s international relations. The volume also responds to current efforts to decolonise university curricula across the globe and to create civil society movements in support of contemporary Pan-Africanism. Diverse and key figures of Pan-Africanism from Africa, the Caribbean and America are covered in these 38 chapters. While acknowledging the contributions of these figures to Pan-Africanism, these essays are not just celebratory, but also critical in areas where their subjects may have fallen