The Fifth Pan-African Congress Revisited

Tue 8 Sept, 7pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

Past event

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear two of the country's leading authorities on the Pan-African movement - Hakim Adi and Marika Sherwood - along with guest film curator June Givanni to discuss the legacy of the 1945 Fifth Pan-African Congress.

The Congress demanded that European powers liberate hundreds of millions of Africans living under colonial rule, and passed radical measures condemning imperialism, racial discrimination and capitalism.

Autograph ABP's Mark Sealy will join the conversation, exploring the political and cultural impact of the Congress, ideologies of the Pan-African movement, and the key people involved.

Part of our exhibition The Fifth Pan-African Congress, at Rivington Place until 12 September. This exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the Fifth Pan-African Congress, featuring photographs by John Deakin exhibited for the first time.

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The Fifth Pan-African Congress

16 July - 12 September 2015

Rivington Place, London

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About the speakers

Hakim Adi is Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester. He is the author of West Africans in Britain 1900-1960: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Communism (London, 1998); joint author (with M. Sherwood) of The 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress Revisited (London, 1995) and Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787 (London, 2003).

He has written widely on Pan-Africanism and the modern political history of Africa and the African Diaspora, especially on Africans in Britain. He has also written three history books for children. He is currently working on a film documentary on the West African Students’ Union. His latest book Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939 was published by Africa World Press in 2013. In 2014 his children's book, The History of the African and Caribbean Communities in Britain, was re-published for the third time.

Marika Sherwood is a Hungarian-born historian, researcher, educator and author. With the remains of her Jewish family she arrived in Australia in 1948. A short stint of employment in New Guinea introduced her to racism and colonialism. She returned to Sydney, attended university as a part-time student and then emigrated to the "Mother Country" with her son in 1965. Teaching in London schools introduced her to many aspects of racism prevalent in the UK. Determined that if it ever became possible, she would do some research on the history of "Black" people in the UK, as she wanted to replace fighting with fists to fighting with knowledge. Five years of work in Harlem, New York, convinced her that this was necessary. Marika is a founder member of the Black and Asian Studies Association (BASA), and together with Donald Hinds and Colin Prescod are compiled the book Claudia Jones: A Life in Exile (1996). Her most recent book is After Abolition: Britain and the Slave Trade Since 1807.

June Givanni is a UK-based curator, and has programmed at film festivals all over the world for over 30 years. The June Givanni Pan-African Film Archive consists of films, photographs, audio interviews, journals, posters and scripts, all devoted to the celebration of Black experiences on film.

Mark Sealy MBE is the Director of Autograph ABP. He is a specialist in photography and its relationship to social change, identity politics and human rights. ‘Different’, his book with Professor Stuart Hall on photography and identity, published by Phaidon Press, has received critical acclaim. Sealy was recently awarded the Hood Medal by the Royal Photographic Society and in 2013 was awarded an MBE for services to photography. 


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