Pan Africanism is all about people of African descent across the world collaborating, similar to what Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey encouraged - for all Black people to self-govern.
Garvey is most known for his “Back to Africa” movements, once saying, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Malcolm X was no doubt a Pan-Africanist. He fought for the upliftment and safety of ALL Black people, arguing for armed self-defense “by any means necessary.”
Did you know that Malcolm X led one of the United States' largest civil rights events, the Unity Rally, in June 1963?
W.E.B. DuBois was the one who coined the term “Pan African.” He organized conferences for the Pan-African Congress, a forum where leaders from the African diaspora discussed issues pertinent to Black people around the globe.
DuBois was good friends with Ghana’s President, Kwame Nkrumah, even becoming a citizen in the country that would be his final resting place.
Pan Africanism calls for global unity among Black people. Just as these Black leaders imagined, it’s a powerful idea that can keep our communities connected, strong, and in goodwill.