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W.E.B. Du Bois always loved the Black Diaspora. His work towards Black global unity is why he’s recognized as the Father of Pan-Africanism today.

With a strong dedication to creating solidarity amongst the world’s Black people, it’s no wonder that when, in 1945, he met Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, sparks of innovation would soon begin flying.

Du Bois had spoken numerous times of editing an encyclopedia whose purpose was to unify and record the greatness of the African diaspora. And in 1960, Nkrumah invited Du Bois to make his vision a reality. That next year, the two began their work on the “Encyclopedia Africana.”

The project led to a close friendship and, soon, Du Bois gave up his U.S. citizenship to become a citizen of Ghana.

Du Bois worked on a multitude of Pan-African efforts, influencing several leaders of African countries, like Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, and many others who had attended his Pan-African Congress.

His final home was a bungalow in a leafy enclave of Ghana’s capital city, Accra, where he died in 1963. And until his last breath, W.E.B. Du Bois lived as an example of what global Black solidarity can be.

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