Pan African Congress 70th Anniversary event starts Crowdfunding campaign
In October 2015, The PAC45 Foundation is planning to hold a three- day conference to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the historic 5th Pan African Congress.
The Congress was pivotal to the many of the movements that lead to independence for many African countries from the British and other European empires.
To support the event, the Foundation is running a Crowdfunder campaign which started on what is Marcus Garvey’s birthday Monday 17 August until 30 September.
The programme includes topics such as:
The History of Pan African Congresses; 1945 Pan African Congress – what and who made it significant;
Pan Africanism today – the continent and the diaspora;
Pan-Africanism and Economics – breaking chains;
Women and Pan Africanism – the male issue;
Art and Culture – Pan-Africanism, interpretation and visibility;
BlackLivesMatter: BringBackOurGirls to Sandra Bland – a global issue.
Confirmed speakers so far include Dr Gamal Nkrumah; the co-author of ‘The 1945 Manchester Pan African Congress Revisited’ Professor Hakim Adi; internationally known American educationalist Dr Umar Johnson; activist, rapper and poet, Akala; the editor of Pambazuka, Dr Ama Biney; UNISON Assistant General Secretary Roger McKenzie; BARAC leaders Zita Holborne and Lee Jasper with other significant speakers to be confirmed.
The fundraising campaign aims to raise a minimum of £5,000 to enable the conference to happen but hopes to raise more so that the event can be recorded and potentially streamed.
Colette Williams, conference chair/ project manager remarked, “I am so happy and thrilled to be working on such an event, it is very rare that you get the opportunity to work on a project where you learn and discover a historical event wherein those that participated and were involved changed the world.
“This is not just an opportunity to inform people about the past but to become a movement which will, like the 5th Pan African Congress, bring about change.”