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The Manchester town hall meeting that shaped Africa: remembering the Fifth Pan-African Congress

The Manchester town hall meeting that shaped Africa: remembering the Fifth Pan-African Congress   (www.bjp-online.com)

Written by Brennavan Sritharan

10th November 1945:  John McNair, General Secretary of the ILP (Independent Labour Party) addresses the first Pan-African Congress in Manchester. Also on the stage is Amy Jacques Garvey, the second wife of Marcus Garvey. Original Publication: Picture Post - 3024 - Africa Speaks In Manchester - pub. 1945  (Photo by John Deakin/Picture Post/Getty Images)

10th November 1945: John McNair, General Secretary of the ILP (Independent Labour Party) addresses the first Pan-African Congress in Manchester. Also on the stage is Amy Jacques Garvey, the second wife of Marcus Garvey. Original Publication: Picture Post – 3024 – Africa Speaks In Manchester – pub. 1945 (Photo by John Deakin/Picture Post/Getty Images)

Weeks after the fall of Nazi Germany, African leaders gathered in a Manchester town hall in the name of freedom and self-determination. Seventy years later, an exhibition at Autograph ABP uncovers the fascinating images documenting this influential meeting of minds.

In October, 1945, as the European powers recovered from six years of, 87 delegates representing 50 organisations met in a town hall in Manchester.

They came together for the Fifth Pan-African Congress, all with a singular, righteous purpose: the liberation of hundreds of millions of Africans living under colonial rule.

Seventy years have passed since the Fifth Pan-African Congress, an event which, in hindsight, was one of the most significant happenings of African organisation ever to have occurred in Britain, perhaps the world.

To commemorate, Autograph ABP are, for the first time, exhibiting photographs taken at the event. 

To read the full story click the link above, or go to Autograph ABP click here (autograph-abp.co.uk)

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