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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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CONGO: Independence, Black Nationalism, Leftism, and Splintering, 1960–1961

CONGO: Independence, Black Nationalism, Leftism, and Splintering, 1960–1961

(p.208) 7 CONGO: Independence, Black Nationalism, Leftism, and Splintering, 1960–1961
Proudly We Can Be Africans

James H. Meriwether

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines African Americans' reactions to Congo's independence from Belgium. The euphoria that commenced on June 30, 1960 was short-lived, as the country almost immediately plunged into crisis. Belgians, Americans, Soviets, United Nations officials, and factions of Congolese quickly turned the country into a maelstrom of neocolonial intrigue and Cold War politics. African American responses to the Congo crisis and to Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba reveal how issues such as black nationalism, leftist thought, and militancy created fissures in black America.

Keywords:   African Americans, Africa, liberation, Belgium, leftists, militancy

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