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2020 Pan African Congress Sixth Form Conference

Event providers: Manchester Metropolitan University

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The History, Politics and Philosophy Department at Manchester Metropolitan University are delighted to invite you and your sixth form students to attend an online conference on October 15th, 2020 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 5th Pan African Congress (PAC) that was held in Manchester, October 15th -21st 1945. The plaque, commemorating this important event, is situated outside of the recently rebuilt Manchester Poetry Library. The library had previously been Chorlton-on-Medlock Town Hall, where the six-day conference had actually taken place.

The 1945 Manchester meeting was a precursor to the development of a number of African independence movements, which went on to successfully, secure self-rule for countries across Africa. It also signified the movement of the intellectual discourse on African self-realisation and solidarity with other causes moving from the Americas and the West Indies to the UK and then on to Africa.

The demands for self-rule and decolonisation that were tabled at the Congress in 1945 are not far away from the Black Lives Matter protests that we are evidencing today. It is significant that the opening session of the Congress focused on the ‘Colour Problem in Britain’. We feel this anniversary comes at a critical time in our history and allows us to reflect and explore Manchester’s role in its support of the freedoms of the oppressed.

The aim of the conference is to bring to attention the significance of the 5th Pan African Congress. What was the historical context to it? Why did it happen in Manchester? Who attended it and why was it important? Finally, we will consider how much resonance the PAC conference still has in 2020 with ongoing issues of systemic racism in the UK, USA and across the world.

Alex Wheatle, MBE, Lecturer and Author, Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora, University of Chichester.
Marika Sherwood, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London
Paul Okojie, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre and Education Trust
Tunde Adekoya, Artistic Director, Big People Music
Dr Jade Munslow Ong, Lecturer in English Literature, School of Arts and Media, University of Salford
Terence Dooley, Boxing News Journalist and Library Manager, University of Law, Manchester Campus


Event Age Groups IconY12, Y13

15 Oct 2020 - 02 Jan 2021

12:00 (15/10/20) - 21:00 (02/01/21)


In School/College

Gatsby benchmark 7

RPF learner outcomes LO3

Booking info

In order to ensure that the conference is flexible and accessible, pupils and teachers will be able to view the materials online at any point from early October onwards at their convenience. The materials will also remain online. A link will be sent to you so that you can access them.

The only live element will be an online panel discussion, which will take place on October 15th from 12pm. You will be sent details to access it. The discussion will be recorded and will also be available online afterwards, for those unable to take part on the day. Furthermore, students and teachers will have the opportunity to send through their questions in advance when you book, so that you still have an opportunity to contribute. The panel will aim to get through as many of your questions as possible.

To register your interest, please use the following link, where you will also see a full programme: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2020-pan-african-congress-sixth-form-conference-tickets-119992736505

Further enquiries: Claudia Conerney via c.conerney@mmu.ac.uk