Saturday, May 30, 2015

"In Ghana, or in all of black Africa, my highest single honor was an audience at the Castle with Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah" @MalcolmXquotes #QotD

2015.05.29-DSC01655"In Ghana, or in all of black Africa, my highest single honor was an audience at the Castle with Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Before seeing him, I was searched most thoroughly. I respected the type of security the Ghanaians erect around their leader. It gave me that much more respect for independent black men. Then, as I entered Dr. Nkrumah’s long office, he came out from behind his desk at the far end. Dr. Nkrumah wore ordinary dress, his hand was extended and a smile was on his sensitive face. I pumped his hand. We sat on a couch and talked. I knew that he was particularly well-informed on the Afro-American’s plight, as for years he had lived and studied in America. We discussed the unity of Africans and peoples of African descent. We agreed that Pan-Africanism was the key also to the problems of those of African heritage. I could feel the warm, likeable and very down-to-earth qualities of Dr. Nkrumah. My time with him was up all too soon. I promised faithfully that when I returned to the United States, I would relay to Afro-Americans his personal warm regards." - Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X (quoted on "Malcolm X in Ghana")

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My official trip to Ghana brings me to the famed University of Ghana in the Legon area of Accra. I will have a chance to explore the campus while staying at the University Guest Centre. In the picture here, the 2nd Lady of Ghana, Wife of the Vice-President, is addressing the ICADLA-4 conference at the closing dinner.

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