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Origins of Pan-Africanism: Henry Sylvester Williams, Africa, and the African Diaspora (Routledge Studies in Modern British History)

Origins of Pan-Africanism: Henry Sylvester Williams, Africa, and the African Diaspora

Sherwood, Marika

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Book Details:
Publisher:Routledge ISBN:9780415879590 Published Date:17th November 2010 Dimensions:157 X 231 X 25 mm Weight:0.6352 kilograms Pages:354 Binding:Hardcover Illustrations:10 Halftones, black and white Condition:New

Short Description

Henry Sylvester Williams has organized the African Association in 1897, and the first-ever Pan-African Conference in 1900. He is thus the progenitor of the OAU/AU. Some of those who attended went on to work in various pan-African organizations in their homelands. This book tells the life story of Williams.

Full Description

Origins of Pan-Africanism: Henry Sylvester Williams, Africa, and the African Diaspora recounts the life story of the pioneering Henry Sylvester Williams, an unknown Trinidadian son of an immigrant carpenter in the late-19th and early 20th century. Williams, then a student in Britain, organized the African Association in 1897, and the first-ever Pan-African Conference in 1900. He is thus the progenitor of the OAU/AU. Some of those who attended went on to work in various pan-African organizations in their homelands.

He became not only a qualified barrister, but the first Black man admitted to the Bar in Cape Town, and one of the first two elected Black borough councilors in London. These are remarkable achievements for anyone, especially for a Black man of working-class origins in an era of gross racial discrimination and social class hierarchies. Williams died in 1911, soon after his return to his homeland, Trinidad.

Through original research, Origins of Pan-Africanism: Henry Sylvester Williams, Africa, and the African Diaspora is set in the social context of the times, providing insight not only into a remarkable man who has been heretofore virtually written out of history, but also into the African Diaspora in the UK a century ago.


Review

'This book is a great improvement on the previous biographies of Williams, being a fuller and more thoroughly researched piece of work, and will no doubt stand for many years as a definitive work.' - David Killingray, Goldsmiths and ICS, London

'In Origins of Pan-Africanism, Marika Sherwood has provided the most complete inventory to date of Williams's life. Her meticulously researched book enables us to look again at Williams's life, and to situate it within the wider contexts of imperial politics and pan-Africanism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.' - Caribbean Review of Books