LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Associate Professor of Political Science and History Dr. Daryl Zizwe Poe challenged the African Union Commission “to rescue and resurrect the African intelligentsia” to organize the African populace for self-reparation at a May 10th AU-sponsored conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Poe’s presentation, “Kwame Nkrumah’s Efforts to Achieve Pan-Africanism: What Remains To Be Done,” was part of the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), and just over a decade since the formation of the African Union (AU), which seeks to promote “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa. African Heads of State have declared 2013 as The Year of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance.
Poe, who is a scholar on the father of Pan-Africanism – the late Kwame Nkrumah, a 1939 The Lincoln University alum and the first president of Ghana, offered historical context of Nkrumah’s work as well as provided recommendations to help the AU raise funds for its projects from African sources and thereby cut its dependency on foreign aid, which was one of Nkrumah’s goals.
The African Union Commission, through its quarterly Fridays of The Commission forum, organized the event on the theme, “Pan-Africanism at The Service of Integration: A Myth or Reality?”
The Lincoln University, founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society. Today, the University enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women. Internationally recognized for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria