• Thierno ThiamEmail author
  • Gilbert Rochon


The purpose of this book is threefold. First, we re-examine the ideological antecedents of Pan-Africanism, as well as African Unity as a historical movement, its major contributors, and current institutional status. The original materials, which include resolutions, proceedings, and financial statements that we have uncovered, after two years of research, at the special collections unit of the Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, calls for a re-evaluation of Pan-Africanism. Secondly, we examine the facilitative role of emerging technologies, such as high-performance computing, telecommunications, and satellite remote sensing in enabling African sustainable development. Finally, we examine the constraints and future prospects for achieving African continental unity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tuskegee UniversityTuskegeeUSA
  2. 2.Tulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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