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The Pan-African Promise: Past, Present, Futures

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Wolfson College is pleased to be hosting the inaugural event in the Black Cantabs 2018-2019 Seminar Series. The event will be followed by a reception.

The Cambridge University Ghanaian Society, the Black Cantabs Research Society, and the African Students and Scholars Union (Western Europe) invite you to our forum under the broad theme: The Pan-African Promise: Past, Present, and Futures.

Bob Brown, a Pan-Africanist and civil rights advocate who worked closely with the late Martin Luther King Jr, will speak to a wide range of topics that reflect on the strategies Africans could deploy to bridge the ideological and cultural gaps between Africans on the continent and those in the diaspora. He will also reflect on and recapitulate the key themes of the sixtieth anniversary of the All African People’s Conference that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah organised in Accra in 1958.

Attempts will be made to reincarnate and reevaluate the reasons Nkrumah adduced for continental and inter-continental unity among Africans, and also reinforce the resolve of African leaders to combat neocolonialism and forces of imperialism in the postcolonial world. Considering the fact that the paths of international politics lead to Africa as well as other parts of the so-called third world countries, reengaging the discourse on Pan-Africanism will signal a new understanding of the nuances of geopolitics and its ubiquitous impact on Africans. This will chart new path for Bob Brown to discuss the fluidity and dynamism of the philosophical underpinning of Pan-Africanism in contemporary geopolitics.

The emerging issues of the illegality and criminality of the Trans-Atlantic slavery and other forms of modern slavery will also be discussed as ways of engaging issues of human rights. Questions will be taken at the end of the discussion, and the event will be followed by a drinks reception.

The Black Cantabs Society was co-founded by a Wolfson Visiting Scholar from Kenya, Godfrey Sang. Find out more about them on their website and Facebook page.

Bob Brown is a researcher and writer, lecturer and organizer. He has served in the student, civil and human rights, Pan-African and socialist, peace, anti-repression and other movements for 55 years. He is a former member of the Chicago Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, former director of the Midwest Office of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, supporter of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Lowndes County Freedom Organization, and founder and former member of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. He has worked with and supported hundreds of local, national and international movements, organizations and parties.

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