Ancestral Footprints: The Legacy of Kwame Nkrumah – A lecture featuring Dr. Daryl Zizwe Poe

African-American political thought and practice has always emphasized the connection between the struggles for racial justice in the United States and the struggles of peoples of African descent in different parts of the world. This “pan-African” consciousness is an integral part of the intellectual and pedagogic mission of Africana Studies since its inception as a field of intellectual inquiry. In Fall 2009, Dr. Daryl Zizwe Poe, Associate Professor of Political Science and History at Lincoln University, spoke at Rutgers on the international dimensions of the African-American struggle as part of the 40th Anniversary celebration of the institution of Africana Studies as a discipline. Dr. Poe, the author of Kwame Nkrumah’s Contribution to Pan-African Agency: An Afrocentric Analysis delivered a lecture titled, “Ancestral Footprints: The Legacy of Kwame Nkrumah, in which he discussed the first Prime Minister of Ghana. Dr. Poe specifically focused on Nkrumah’s interactions with African-Americans and his undergraduate experience at Lincoln University, a historically Black College in Pennsylvania, which was essential to Nkrumah’s advocacy for Pan-Africanism.

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