At the United Nations, the Committee Against Apartheid held a special meeting on Thursday (23 February) to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of Dr.
GV INTERIOR: UN delegates seated around.
SV: Ghana Charge d'Affaires N.K. Dumevi speaking.
GV: delegates behind table.
SV: Andrew Young, United States Ambassador to United Nations, speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: DUMEVI: "For, as in Ghana, Dr. Dubois remains not just as a great Pan African leader, thinker, philosopher, and civil rights leader, but as one who was to influence literally the course of events in our country. (indistinct)...Dr Kwame Nkruma not only participated in the Pan African congresses that were sponsored by Dr Dubois, but became more or less a disciple and follower of this great pan Africanist."
SEQ. 4: YOUNG: "I would hope that Dr. Dubois would be proud of the continuation of his work, through this Committee, and through the effects of the United Nations, to bring about settlements of disputes and controversies where racism continues to plague the African continent, in Namibia, in Rhodesia, and in Southern Africa herself. And an understanding of Dr. Dubois' concept of reconstruction in this country, I think, is also relevant for an understanding of neo-colonialism in Africa and around the world."
At the same meeting in New York, the Committee Against Apartheid agreed to discuss coordinated action for what it termed the "liberation of South Africa" during the autumn session of the United nations General Assembly. It was suggested that the conference, to include black leaders from Africa, the Caribbean and other regions, could get underway early in October, as one of the events of the International Anti-Apartheid Year, which begins on 21 March.
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Background: At the United Nations, the Committee Against Apartheid held a special meeting on Thursday (23 February) to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of Dr. William Dubois, regarded as the father of Pan Africanism. Dr. Dubois, a noted black American Scholar, died in Ghana in 1963 at the age of 95. Among the delegates who paid tribute to Dr. Dubois were Ghana's Charge d'Affaires, Mr. Dumevi, and United States Ambassador Andrew Young.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was well-attended by African delegates. Mr Dumevi of Ghana spoke first.