American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era
In 1957 Ghana became one of the first sub-Saharan African nations to gain independence from colonial rule. Over the next decade, hundreds of African Americans--including Martin Luther King Jr., George Padmore, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Richard Wright, Pauli Murray, and Muhammad Ali--visited or settled in Ghana. Kevin K. Gaines explains what attracted these Americans to Ghana and how their new community was shaped by the convergence of the Cold War, the rise of the U.S. civil rights movement, and the decolonization of Africa.
Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's president, posed a direct challenge to U.S. hegemony by promoting a vision of African liberation, continental unity, and West Indian federation. Although the number of African American expatriates in Ghana was small, in espousing a transnational American citizenship defined by solidarities with African peoples, these activists along with their allies in the United States waged a fundamental, if largely forgotten, struggle over the meaning and content of the cornerstone of American citizenship--the right to vote--conferred on African Americans by civil rights reform legislation.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Scapegoats - LibraryThing
Kevin Gaines explores the connection between African-Americans, Pan-Africanism and African Liberation. He uses Ghana as a crossroads because it was the first sub-saharan country to achieve ... Read full review
Black Modernity Subjecthood and Demands for Full Citizenship
Black Intellectuals and the Anticolonial Critique of Western Culture
Nkrumah the Expatriates and Postindependence Ghana 19571960
The Congo Crisis and an African American Womans Dilemma
Julian Mayfield and the Radical Afros
6 Malcolm X in Ghana
Other editions - View all
Accra activists Afri African affairs African American African American expatriates African descent African freedom African nations Afro-American American Negro anticolonial Bill Sutherland black American Black Power black radicals C. L. R. James citizenship civil rights Clair Drake Cold Cold War colonial communist conference Congo coup criticism diaspora Drake Papers exile folder Frazier Freedomways George Padmore Ghanaian Ghanaian government Ghanaian press global Gold Coast government’s Graham Du Bois Harlem intellectuals John Henrik Clarke Julian Mayfield King King’s Kwame Nkrumah Lamming leaders leftist Lumumba Malcolm Malcolm X Mayfield Papers ment ministers modernity movement Muhammed Murray’s nationalist Nkru Nkrumah’s Ghana nonviolence O’Brien organized Padmore’s pan-African Pauli Murray People’s political race racial racism Richard Wright Shirley Graham social solidarity South Africa struggle tion U.S. embassy U.S. foreign U.S. government U.S. officials United unity University Press W. E. B. Du Bois West Indian Western Williams Windom York