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Pan Africanism and Communism with Dr Hakim Adi

18/07/2014 @ 18:30 - 21:00



While Communism has been given a bad press in Western society there is a long history of support from Communist countries for black people fighting against racism and colonialism. Long before Fidel Castro of Cuba sent 30,000 troops to Southern Africa to fight against apartheid, people like; Nelson Mandela, W.E.B Dubois, Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson,Claudia Jones, Claude Mckay, and the African Blood Brotherhood visited the Soviet Union or drew inspiration/policies from communism.

Professor  Hakim Adi gives a presentation based on his book, Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora. There will also be Q&A and book signing.

The book examines the interaction between the Comintern and the global struggle for the liberation of Africa and the African Diaspora during the inter-war period 1919-1939. In particular, it focuses on the history of the International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers (ITUCNW), established  in 1928 and its activities in Africa, the United States, the Caribbean and Europe.

Based on new materials from  archives in Moscow as well as other established sources, Professor Adi has given us the very first book that explains the history and activities of The International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers (ITUCNW) in relation to the attainment of black emancipation, the role of such leading figures as George Padmore, the nuanced discussions within the communist movement on Pan Africanism and how to attain liberation from colonial domination.

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black history walks


18:30 - 21:00


Voluntary Action Islington
200a Pentonville Road London, N1 9JP + Google Map