What Happened in Ghana? The Inside Story, No. 3, 1966
SHIRLEY GRAHAM DU BOIS
Shirley Graham Du Bois was a founding editor of Freedomways. In 1966 at the time of the overthrow of President Nkrumah's government, she was living in Ghana, where she had moved with her husband in 1962.
It would be inaccurate to designate what happened in Ghana the last week in February 1966, as a coup d'état. None of the elements for this classic type of counter-revolution existed in Ghana. There was no revolution going on, no crumbling away of Government; the people were not groaning under the heel of tyranny and oppression and no Strong Man emerged from the Army bringing order and tranquility to a torn country. Far from it!
These are the proclaimed justifications for the historic coup d'état. But the coup of our decade is something quite different. Under the manipulation of imperialists and neo-colonialists it has been em-