AAAS will welcome Ebony Coletu for an online lecture that will explore the hidden lineage of pan-African organizing in Ghana through a consideration of the Accra roots of Laura Adorkor Koffey's pan-African project.
This online talk explores a hidden lineage of pan-African organizing in Ghana, one cut short by murder and accusations of fraud in the United States.
In 1926, Laura Adorkor Koffey emerged as a pan-African leader in the Gold Coast, organizing for diasporic return in America. Widely considered a movement mother (called "Mother Kofi"), she was murdered by political opponents during a public lecture two years later. Suspects were drawn from the Garvey movement, who had launched a national campaign to discredit Koffey.
Koffey's muder would have degraded the Garvey movement if her mission and identity were treated as evidence of a legitimate African invitation, one of seven that emerged from the Gold Coast between 1898 and 1928. Those invitations evolved from the experience of Brazilian return to Accra and early pan-African experiments that aimed to reinvent Africans' relationship to the global diaspora.
This online talk will take place via zoom. No need to pre-register.
Ebony Coletu is Assistant Professor of African Americn Studies, English, and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University.