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Proudly We Can Be AfricansBlack Americans and Africa, 1935-1961$
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James H. Meriwether

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780807826690

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807860410_meriwether

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GHANA: African Independence, 1957–1958

GHANA: African Independence, 1957–1958

(p.150) 5 GHANA: African Independence, 1957–1958
Proudly We Can Be Africans

James H. Meriwether

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines African Americans' engagement with Ghana's independence movement in 1957. Ghana's independence, followed by the accelerating pace of other African countries' gaining independence, provided a widespread, positive force for all African Americans to recast their images of contemporary Africa. As Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah, leader of the independence movement and the nation's first head of state, promoted transatlantic connections, contemporary Africa soared not only as a source of political encouragement but also of social and cultural inspiration.

Keywords:   African Americans, Africa, liberation, independence movement, Kwame Nkrumah

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