The fifth Afro-American conference opened on Wednesday (January 22) at the Palais de la Nation in Kinshasa, capital of Zaire.
The fifth Afro-American conference opened on Wednesday (January 22) at the Palais de la Nation in Kinshasa, capital of Zaire. President Mobutu Sese Seko arrived to take the chair at the opening session and to address the delegates.
The purpose of the conference, as in the previous four such gatherings, was to discuss fully the development of Africa, together with the part the United States is able to play in the emergence of the continent.
This year provided fertile subjects for discussion. Among them were the rapid changes taking place in the former Portuguese colonies in Africa and the effect of such changes on both Rhodesia and South Africa.
In his address to the delegates, President Mobutu recalled that the United States had been the true friend of his country during its early years and thanked the Americans for what he described as its generous and precious assistance.