2 As these selections show, much intellectual work has been done by Pan-Africanist thinkers in the two centuries since 1791. However, their work has not been collected and made available for tackling the many tasks of Pan-Africanism. As these selections show, useful insights have been supplied into such nitty-gritty issues as mental independence; “Independence or death”; criticism and self-criticism; the (Black) Race First principle; racial honor, racial self-reliance, racial unity, racial solidarity, racial privacy; our implacable white enemies—Arab and European; economic decolonization; cultural liberation; Afrocentric education; Black power; leadership and followership; war; charity; propaganda; polygyny; racism/Negrophobia; Marxism and blacks; re-Africanization; Afrocentrism; people’s democracy; Black African weaknesses; the Pan-African Congress; the national army; collective security; cultural renaissance; the lure of Marxism; integrating ancestral African values into contemporary African life; race and class; the one-drop-rule; justified prejudice; the extermination of the Black race; Negrocentricity; scientific socialism; communalism; socialism and racism; ethno-federalism, ethnic autonomy and African unity; Kwanzaa and unity; Diaspora-Homeland relations; and much else. These are some of the nitty-gritty issues we must grapple with, the engineering details we must think through, if we are to move beyond the affirmation of lofty sentiments and vague ambitions, and actually get down to building the structures for attaining the objectives of Pan-Africanism. I urge other Black African scholars to contribute to this effort by searching through the Pan-Africanist literature and compiling anthologies of the wisdom they find therein. Then, the next generation of Pan-Africanists will have anthologies to educate them on the tenets and ideas and best practices of Pan-Africanism, and so be spared the misfortune of intellectual orphans who start out in a vacuum of ideas, as if they have no heritage to draw from.
This is a work in progress. I shall continue to add to it as I find more words of Pan-Africanist wisdom. So, treat this as a preliminary report. The dates in the format < 19xy-19xz > are the dates, if known, of the person quoted; the date in the format (19yy) is the date, if known, of the statement just quoted. Chinweizu’s commentaries are in
red bold italics .
They are comments or bald statements or summaries of positions that, when the anthology is completed, will be argued and demonstrated in mini essays. Some of these comments elaborate on, and some amend, the quoted statement. --Chinweizu ---------------------------------------------------------------
Examples of ideas (principles, doctrines and tasks) formulated by Black thinkers as the lessons from the rich experience of Black struggles against imperialism, slavery, colonialism, racism and neo-colonialism, both in Black Africa and the diaspora.