21 February: Progress and Possibilities for a Pan African Future
A collection of 21 thought-provoking essays commemorating three significant occurrences of the 20th century that have influenced a Pan Africanism perspective for the 21st century and beyond:
- The arrest of Martin Luther King (and others) for their leadership during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. (1956)
- The assassination of Malcolm X (1965)
- The start of the trial of the Ogoni 9, including writer Ken Saro-Wiwa (1995).
Ironically, they all took place on 21 February reminding us that there are other (past and present) parallel events and situations on the continent and in the diaspora that have had and will have a part to play when considering PanAfricanism and its future.
‘Pan Africanism has given birth not only to political movements, but more significantly, it has evolved its own social thought.’ Professor Paul Okojie, Senior Lecturer in Law, Manchester Metropolitan University
21 February encompasses numerous themes and topical concerns such as climate change and human security, cultural influence, enterprise and development, the media and women and children health initiatives. The text brings together writers of exceptional pedigree who have a singular belief – strengthening the unification of the continent in order to build a positive future. The rise of female prominence within this movement is not only discussed in one of the essays but is immediately reflected in the editorship and production of the book (the editor and publisher are women, Kadija Sesay and Janis Kearney respectively).
The anthology poses PanAfricanism as an ideology and implicates the concept of cooperation as a weapon against modern political and social injustices.
Contributors: Hakim Adi, Amadou Mahtar Ba, Nnimmo Bassey, Ama Biney, Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell , Hassoum Ceesay, Carole Boyce-Davies, Gibril Faal, Raimi Gbadamosi, Wangui wa Goro, ChenziRa Davis Kahina, Shannon Marquez, Tariq Mehmood, Sai Murray, E. Ethelbert Miller, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo, Oghenetoja Okoh, Paul Okojie, Ewuare X. Osayande, Deborah A. Sanders, Amrit Wilson.
Editor: Kadija Sesay is a literary activist, editor, publisher and poet of Sierra Leonean descent. In 1985 she graduated from Birmingham University where she majored in West African Studies. Kadija established SAKS Publications in 1996 to publish anthologies for writers of African descent. This now includes SABLE, an international literary publication for writers of colour. She has received several awards and accolades for her work and contribution to the literary arts.
Publisher: WoW Press is an independently owned, Arkansas-based publishing company specialising in biography, non-fiction, fiction and children and women’s literature. Writing our World Press was founded by literacy advocate, former presidential diarist, journalist, and newspaper publisher Janis F. Kearney.
21 February: Progress and Possibilities for a Pan African Future Edited by Kadija Sesay
ISBN: 978-0-9889644-1-9 Publication Date: 10th November 2015
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