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First book to survey global Pan-African movement published

PICTURED: Professor Hakim Adi

FROM KEY political figures such as Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X, to cultural expression including the Afro hairstyle and the music of Bob Marley, Pan-Africanism: A History is the first book written this century to survey the Pan-African movement from its earliest manifestations to the founding of the African Union.

Written by Professor Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester, Pan-Africanism: A History is published today (Aug 23), by Bloomsbury to coincide with the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

The book provides a history of the organisations and individuals who have facilitated and sought the unity of all those who claim African origin, utilising that unity as the basis for liberation and advancement. Covering key historical figures and events, as well as cultural expressions, Pan-Africanism: A History provides a new interpretation of the history.

Professor Adi said: “The book was written to address the absence of a modern text which I could use with my own students. I hope that it will provide a concise introduction and up to date summary for all who are interested in this important and ever topical subject.”

Professor Adi has pioneered teaching and research in the area Pan-Africanism, Africa and the African Diaspora, and in January 2018 launched the world’s first online Masters research degree on the History of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Pan-Africanism is an idea and movement which rose and first took root among the African diaspora. In recent years it has become embodied in the African Union, which is the organisation of 55 African states founded in 2001 and which includes the entire African diaspora worldwide as its ‘sixth region’. The African Union’s fundamental principle is a movement towards a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa.

For more about Pan-Africanism: A History go to www.bloomsbury.com/uk/pan-africanism-9781474254274

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