Magazine article The Crisis

The Pan-African Present

Magazine article The Crisis

The Pan-African Present

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Since pre-historic times our African ancestors have made their imprint on the world. The first modern human, "Lucy," left her footprints in central Africa more than 3 million years ago. Since then our ancestors have spread across the oceans to every corner of the world. For example, vivid evidence found in sculptures in Central and South America suggests that Africans sailed there long before Columbus' voyages. There are people of African ancestry everywhere on earth. Documentation and further information regarding the explorations and accomplishments of our ancient ancestors can be found in Cheikh Anta Diop's book, African Origins of Civilization; and Ivan Van Sertima's book, They Came Before Columbus.

In the 20th century, African Americans served in World War I and World War II. They left "Brown Babies" in both Europe and Japan; as well as in Korea and Vietnam. In 1917, W. E. B. DuBois brought our battle for civil rights to the international forum of the League of Nations; and later, in 1945, to the founding meeting of the United Nations. More recently, African American diplomats have addressed many difficult and delicate international issues: Ralph Bunche successfully negotiated the establishment of the new nation of Israel. Andrew Young, as the United States Ambassador to United Nations under President Jimmy Carter, played a key role in the peaceful establishment of the nation of Zimbabwe. Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice served as Secretaries of State in the George W. …

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