W.E.B Dubois and Kwame Nkrumah

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The picture shows W.E.B Dubois and Kwame Nkrumah  discussing matters of Pan-Africanism  and international affairs.What is often ignored is Dubois’ involvement in anti-colonial politics and the international Pan-African movement. African Americans remember his dedication to civil rights and fighting racial discrimination. W.E.B Dubois was also an enemy of colonialism and imperialism, which elevated his standing among the  newly independent nations. Banished from the United States during a time of  Cold War paranoia, Kwame Nkrumah offered him refuge. Nkrumah was the first leader of an independent Ghana  and sought to challenge imperialism not just in Africa, but around the world. Dubois would spend the last years of his life in Ghana and became a citizen. Prime Minister Nkrumah then asked Dubois to work on an ambitious project. He wanted an encyclopedia that would tell the history and culture of peoples of African descent form all over the vast diaspora. W.E.B Dubois started this project, but did not live to see its completion. This project when it was completed became known as the Africana Encyclopedia.  It is a compendium of the African Diaspora  and continues to be in print till this day.

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