The 1945 Pan African Congress in Manchester


Image courtesy of Working Class Movement Library

Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 20/8/2012


The Manchester Museum will host a panel debate on the 1945 Pan African Congress.

From 15 to 21 October 1945, Manchester was the setting for 90 delegates who gathered at All Saints, Manchester, for the fifth Pan African Congress meeting. This important gathering was notable in providing a platform for people who went on to take a leading role in the struggle against colonial rule, including Jomo Kenyatta, the first President of Kenya. Other attendees included George Padmore, Kwame Nkrumah, Mrs Marcus Garvey and Ras Makonnen. W.E.B DuBois, the man who organised the first Pan African Congress in 1919, was there too at the age of 77.

As part of the We Face Forward festival, this evening event will explore the legacy of the 1945 meeting. There will be an exhibition of the history of the Pan African Congress and a performance by local artist, Brian Morgan. Contributors will include Hakim Adi, Marika Sherwood, Richard Benjamin and Milton Brown.

The Manchester Museum

Tuesday 11 September, 6-8pm. Free

Book on 0161 275 2648. Find out more here

For materials on the Pan African Congress meeting in Manchester, see the Working Class Movement Library in Salford.

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