The Pan-AfricanCongresses: A Re-examination

  • Thierno ThiamEmail author
  • Gilbert Rochon


This chapter re-examines the Pan-African Congresses in order to bring more clarity to the analysis of their significance, role, and impact on the Pan-African movement. The Pan-African Congresses represent the most important events in the life cycle of Pan-Africanism; thus making this analysis all the more important, especially since there are major disagreements relative to the evolutionary timeline of Pan-Africanism. Such disagreements extend to the historical, geographical, and substantive analysis of the Congresses. At the very heart of this disagreement rests the issue of periodization. Periodization is important to the extent that it is inextricably linked to both context and content and thus provides a better historical scope of the Pan-African movement. For all these reasons, our analysis of Pan-African Congresses includes the 1900 gathering in an attempt to reorganize the periodization framework and provide a more coherent and continuous timeframe.


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

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