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The Pan-Africanists

Book relating to a publication, 2000
Published by: Africa World Press, Inc
Year published: 2000
Number of pages: 86
ISBN: 0-86543-810-2

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Book aimed at the younger or general reader, with paintings by Barrington Watson of leading figures of the Black and African struggle. As well as a reproduction of the major painting by Watson featuring seventeen personalities, the book featured biographical outlines of these historical and contemporary figures. The book has an introduction to Pan-Africanism, plus a Foreword written by Kofi A. Annan, the then Secretary-General of the United Nations. The introduction and outlines are not credited to a particular writer. The book is extensively illustrated, with details of the painting (in colour) plus artist’s sketches (in black and white).

The book’s cover features a three quarter length portrait of the great Jamaica-born Pan-Africanist, Marcus Garvey.

From the book’s back cover:

The Pan-Africanists

This book celebrates the lives of seventeen Black leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the liberation, unity and solidarity of Africa and African peoples throughout the world. Inspired by the “Pan-Africanists” portfolio, a series of oil paintings by artist Barrington Watson, the authors present the reader with succinct biographies of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. Dubois (sic), Marcus Garvey, George Padmore, C.L.R. James, Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyata, Haile Selassie, Paul Robeson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, Patrice Lumumba, Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela.

Not all of them necessarily belonged formally to a Pan-Africanist organization or ever used the term in description of themselves. But the life of each one of them manifests the core values of Pan-Africanism. Together, their lives represent a powerful embodiment of the history of this social movement.

This is both an art book and an important reference work for young readers throughout Africa and the Diaspora.

Barrington Watson is Jamaica’s master painter. The recipient of several awards from many countries, he is recognised for his mastery of technique, depth of feeling and originality of vision. He is the author of Shades of Grey, a collection of autobiographical stories illustrated with his own paintings. The “Pan-Africanists” portfolio, comprising 44 paintings, took him four years to complete.

Related people

»  Kofi Annan

Born, 1938 in Ghana

»  Marcus Garvey

Born, 1887 in Jamaica. Died, 1940

»  Barrington Watson

Born, 1931 in Lucea, Jamaica. Died, 2016