Williams Dubois And Nkrumah's Pan-Africanism

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The political identities play a significant role in the understanding of Williams, Dubois, and Nkrumah’s Pan-Africanism and how it has shaped their lives. Henry Sylvester Williams was born in Trinidad in 1869 where he eventually moved to London to organize the formation of the Pan-African Association. This resulted in the first Pan-African conference in 1900, the beginnings of the modern Pan-African movement. Several historians claim Henry Sylvester Williams originally conceived the term “Pan-African”. His abolitionist notions made him desire the removal of all forms of British colonialism from Africa and the West Indies, thus shaping Williams’ political identity. Gwilym Colenso and Christopher Saunders mention on the last day of the conference, Williams began a discussion on the treatment of Black South Africans. As a result, the conference announced steps taken in establish a bureau in London with the intention to watch the interests of the African races all over the world. Meanwhile, Hakim Adi, and Marika Sherwood note that Williams gave lectures on colonial issues around Britain and Ireland. He would criticize Britain’s administration in Trinidad and ask for representative government, free and compulsory education and high wages. In 1899, he lectured at the House of Commons and insisting on representative government for Trinidad.
W.E.B. Dubois had a complex political history that went through various mutations over his lifetime. Comparable to Williams,

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