Turning Points in Pan-Africanism: CLR James

Monday 27 December 2021

From an exploration of Black identity in the diaspora to a definitive call for political-economic unity on the continent, the gradual growth of Pan-African thought is often underexplored.


Join us for the first installment of the three-part lecture series Turning Points in Pan-African Thought. In this lecture, we will discuss how insrumental C.L.R. James’ was in transforming Pan-Africanism from a localized practice in the diaspora to a social, political and economic movement on the continent. Through examining a selection of his texts, we will explore how his prioritizing of political cooperation on a global scale instead of promoting racial insularity in Black liberation movements added another layer to Pan-African unity.

Through understanding the Trotskyist ideologies of C.L.R. James and the historical context which he was steeped in, we can trace his impact on Pan-Africanism as it transitioned from theories on Black identity in the diaspora to definitive political action that centered on the continent.

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