Kwame Nkrumah and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ghana Nkruma King Meeting
Kwame Nkruma and MLK Jr. Both of whom are legends in their own right.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.  Both men played a significant role in the burgeoning Black Nationalist movement that would develop by the mid 60’s not just within the United States, but across the world as well.

At the same time African-Americans were struggling to gain their rights and their citizenship here at home, colonial countries began to seek their independence from their former colonial masters from Europe.  Eventually, many of the more radical civil rights organizations or personalities came to see their struggle and the struggle of the African-American man in America to be connected in a sense (pan-africanism).  Malcolm X and the Black Panthers were especially quick to make the connection between the conditions of the revolutionary third world and their own (each in their own time).  King was much later in making that connection and being concerned with the situation in Africa.

Kwame Nkrumah was a trend setter and a trail blazer.  Rising up to lead his people during that first wave of newly independent nations; with nobody’s lead for him to follow other than his own.  Nkrumah was one of the more internationally respected leaders; especially considering the fact many leaders erroneously turn towards dictatorship to right the wrongs of colonialism.

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