Freedomways Reader: Prophets in Their Own Country

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Address to the United Nations, No. 1, 1961

OSAGYEFO DR. KWAME NKRUMAH President of the Republic of Ghana

Kwame Nkrumah considered Dr. Du Bois his greatest teacher. In 1961 President Nkrumah warned in this speech to the United Nations that there could be long-term consequences of neocolonial interference in the Congo. He proved right, and the effects are still with us today.

Mr. President, Distinguished Delegates:

I appear before you today on a sad and solemn occasion, the first meeting of the General Assembly since the murder of the Prime Minister of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba. . . .

I believe we must stand foursquare on what is one of the most important principles of international law and basic to the whole conception of the United Nations.

A government which comes into power as a result of a genuine revolution is entitled to international recognition. Otherwise a way is

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