Nkrumah was the first president of Ghana and considered to be one of the 20th century’s leading proponents of Pan Africanism.
The importance of the life and legacy of Lincoln alumnus Kwame Nkrumah ’39 and its influence on Pan African education will take center stage as part of a speaker series sponsored by the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies, 5535 Germantown Ave. in Philadelphia this month.
On Saturday, Feb. 28, Lincoln University Professor of History and Political Science Dr. Zizwe Poe will speak on “Kwame Nkrumah and the Future of African Education: Here and Abroad,” which will examine the importance of Nkrumah’s life and legacy in the context of a Pan-African educational framework. Nkrumah was the first president of Ghana and considered to be one of the 20th century’s leading proponents of Pan Africanism.
Dr. Poe, a leading expert on Nkrumah and who had worked for Nkrumah’s All-African People’s Revolutionary Party for more than 25 years, is the author of Kwame Nkrumah’s Contribution to Pan-African Agency: An Afrocentric Analysis. In 2013, he addressed the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on “Kwame Nkrumah’s Efforts to Achieve Pan-Africanism: What Remains To Be Done” as part of its 50th anniversary conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the 2nd Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference in Ghana a year earlier.
Earlier this month, Dr. Aaron X. Smith, a Temple University professor, who teaches a course on the political rhetoric surrounding the life, music, and cultural impact of rapper Tupac Shakur, will present “Tupac Shakur: Spanning Generations of Conscious Leaders” on Saturday, Feb. 7.
Both Drs. Poe and Smith, who received their Ph.D’s in African American Studies from Temple University, will present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.