From the Twin Plagues of European Locusts to Africa’s Triple Quest for Emancipation
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.
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.
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.
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.
This chapter examines the Pan-Africanism of South African scholar-activist, Ruth First, through her intellectual work on Namibia and an analysis of military coups d’état in Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, and Ghana, as well as her activism in Mozambique.
This chapter analyses Jamaican sociologist and cultural theorist, Stuart Hall, who was one of the pioneers of the “Birmingham School of Cultural Studies”. She assesses how Hall incorporated issues of race, gender, and hegemony into cultural studies, and how culture, race, and ethnicity contributed to creating the politics of Black Diasporic identities.
This chapter examines the Pan-Africanism of former South African president Thabo Mbeki, comparing him to Kwame Nkrumah, before examining his efforts at building institutions of the African Union and engaging the African Diaspora in America, the Caribbean, and Brazil.
This chapter examines the African-American intellectual’s contributions to the movement, especially between 1919 and 1945 when he played a leading role in the five Pan-African Congresses in Paris, London, New York, and Manchester, before moving to Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana to spend the last years of his life.