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We Face Forward – Pan African Congress and After Hours

September 7, 2012

It’s last week of the We Face Forward Festival of events across Manchester.

Museum Meets is hosting two events for this final week.

On 11 September there is a panel debate on the impact of the 1945 Pan African Congress in Manchester

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.

Free, book on 0161 275 2648

Image A plaque commemorating the Fifth Pan African Conference/Congress held in Manchester in 1945. (Source)

After Hours returns on Friday 14 September from 6.30-9pm. We’ve been working with the Black Health Agency on a journey through Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone and experience the rich and diverse culture of West Africa with a musical, art, food and cultural exploration of the West African countries.

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