Notes and Documents
(No. 6/78)
by Dr. Ronald W. Walters
New York, New York, United States
March 1978
Publisher: United Nations Centre Against Apartheid
10 pages
The report consists of extracts from a paper presented by Ronald W. Walters at a Special Committee Against Apartheid observation of the 110 anniversary of the birth of the late Dr. William Edward Birghardt DuBois (W.E.B. Du Bois) on February 23, 1978. Walters says German expansion both in Europe and in Africa provided a focal point for the rise of Pan Africanism, led by Du Bois in the early 1900s. Eleven days before the start of the November 1884 Berlin Conference, Germany had annexed the territory now known as Namibia (South West Africa) as well as Tanganyika. The defeat of Germany in Europe by 1919, many black Americans were concerned over the fate of African peoples in those territories. The report says the third Pan African Congress was held in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1923 in association with Liga Africana, an association of indigenous African organizations from the Portuguese provinces. Walters discusses "The Suppression of the African Slave Trade," Du Bois’s doctoral dissertation at Harvard University. The report includes a quote from Jan Smuts, Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa. The report also discusses World War I, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), James Weldon Johnson, George Padmore, the League of Nations, Non-European Unity Movement, and the All African Peoples Conference at Accra. • The African side of the contradiction Walters is identified as Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University and President of the American Heritage Studies Association. [This is presumably the African Heritage Studies Association.]
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root