Reclaiming Afreeka for Afrikans – Pan Africanism: 1900 – 1994

[hapo zamani za kale, in de spaces between using revised excerpts art/fully for social change]

…the werd ‘Pan Africanism’ first entered de political lexicon in 1900, when de Trinidadian barrister, Henry Sylvester Williams, then based in London called a

conference of black people to  ‘….protest stealing of lands in colonies, racial discriminashun en deal with all other issues of interest to blacks’.

It was however, in 1919 when de New Afrikan scholar en political activist, Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, convened what he called de first Pan African Congress in Paris that de Pan Afrikan Congress series, of which de 7th Pan Afrikan congress was a continuation, came into being.

However, while de years 1900 and 1919 can confidently be cited as important reference points for de Pan African movement, de movement stretches much farther into de distant hirstory of our people.

Indeed, the roots of de Pan Afreekan movement can be traced right back to de ravages of de first European slave ships to touch de Afrikan coast…..in this connecshun it is not surprising dat de founders of Pan Afrikanism, as well as some of its leading warriors, have been Afreekans from de diaspora, who are descendants of de millions of Afreekans captured in de transatlantic slave trade…..

The precursors of Pan Afreekanism as we know it today are all de Back to Afrika movements that sprung up in de US, Brazil, and de Caribbean during de early nineteenth century…apart from protesting de conditions of slavery under which they were living, de Back to

Afreeka movement also called for de abolition of colonialism in Afrika. The legendary Marcus Garvey is the most famous of de pioneers of de return to Afrika movement.

Pan Africanism can thus be said to have its origin in de struggles of Afrikan peoples against de enslavement en colonization of their people by extra-Afrikan forces.

Under the unrelenting onslaught of Pan Africanism, especially since de 1945 5th Pan African Congress of Manchester, most countries on de Afrikan continent ultimately regained their independence. However the regaining of independence did  not end colonialism but only transformed it into neo-colonialism: political independence without economic independence….

From dis perspective therefore Pan Afreekanism is not only linked to de quest for a new social system, but also one in which de development of productive forces is not simply linked to de production of goods but also de creashun of new human beings.

Dis perspective of de transformashun of gender relations, free men, women, Trans  en children of cultural freedom, of harnessing de positiveknowledge of de Afrikan past now forms part of de conception of de struggle for Pan-Afrikan liberation in the 21st century….

[reposted with overflowing love en respekt from an Introduction to Pan Africanism,

a kitabu edited by Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem]

asante for sharing our true true hadithi  na maisha yako