Dr. Vashna Jagarnath is a director of both Pan Africa Today and Friends of the Workers. She is also Deputy General Secretary of the Socialists Revolutionary Workers’ Party and works in the office of the General Secretary of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.
History of Pan Africanism
While this discussion will broadly trace the history and development of pan-Africanism, it will largely focus on the impact of Marxism on pan-Africanism.
It will begin with a discussion of the first formulation of the term pan-Africanism by Henry Sylvester-Williams to its application by post colonial leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah. This discussion will also touch on the relationship between the evolution of pan-Africanism over the 20th century and its engagement and relationship to the evolving nature of colonialism and imperialism more broadly.