'To the benefit of Africa, the world, and ourselves’ : The American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa (ANLCA) mission to Nigeria, 1966–1968

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Farquharson, James Austin. (2022). 'To the benefit of Africa, the world, and ourselves’ : The American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa (ANLCA) mission to Nigeria, 1966–1968. Journal of Global History. 17(3), pp. 457-476. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1740022821000292
AuthorsFarquharson, James Austin
Abstract

Far from having only marginal significance and generating a ‘subdued’ response among African Americans, as some historians have argued, the Nigerian Civil War (1967–1970) collided at full velocity with the conflicting discourses and ideas by which Black Americans sought to understand their place in the United States and the world in the late 1960s. One of the most significant aspects of African American engagement with the civil war was the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa peace mission that sought to bring the Federal Military Government of Nigeria and the secessionist leadership of the Republic of Biafra together through the mediation of some of the leading Black civil rights leaders in the United States. Through the use of untapped primary sources, this article will reveal that while the mission was primarily focused on finding a just solution to the internecine struggle, it also intersected with broader domestic and international crosscurrents.

KeywordsAfrican American; Nigeria; Biafra; Black internationalism; civil war
Year2022
JournalJournal of Global History
Journal citation17 (3), pp. 457-476
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN1740-0228
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S1740022821000292
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85116217923
Page range457-476
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Online24 Sep 2021
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Deposited30 May 2022
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