Patrice Lumumba: Black Revolutionary and Pan-African Visionary

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Patrice Lumumba portrait on Guinean 10 syli (1971) banknote (Shutterstock).

The Black revolutionary Patrice Lumumba was born on this day in 1925 in the Congo. A permanent fixture in the pantheon of Black Revolutionary leaders of the twentieth century, Lumumba provides a visionary blueprint for African liberation and Pan-African solidarity.

The post-World War II period witnessed the rising tide of decolonization and self-determination. The rising wind of change swept across the African continent. Sudan achieved independence in 1956 and in 1957, Ghana–led by Pan Africanist Kwame Nkrumah became the first Sub-Saharan African state to achieve independence. The Congo followed a similar path to decolonization. Beginning in the 1950s, significant agitation for change materialized in the nation. Lumumba was part of this vibrant movement, agitating for African liberation under the auspices of the nationalist group Mouvement National Conglais (MNC).

In 1960, due to the fallout from the Leopoldville Massacre, the Belgians convened…

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