Pan African Congress 75th Anniversary Celebrations
PAC@75: Pan African Congress 75th Anniversary Celebrations
Viewing the Past and Looking to the Future
15-18 October 2020
PAC@75 is an exciting four-day celebration led by Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with a host of local, UK and international academic, creative and cultural individuals and institutions, marking the 75th anniversary of the 5th Pan African Congress, held in Manchester in 1945.
The Pan African Congress in 1945 was a precursor to the development of a number of African independence movements which went on to successfully secure self-rule for countries across Africa. It also signified the movement of the intellectual discourse on African self-realisation and solidarity with other causes moving from the Americas and the West Indies to the UK and then on to Africa. The plaque commemorating this event is sited in the recently rebuilt Manchester Metropolitan University Arts Faculty Building facing onto All Saints Square, in what had previously been Chorlton Town Hall where the six day event had actually taken place. The congress had 200 attendees from across the world; including delegations from Africa, America, the Caribbean and Asia, as well as black and white delegates from Manchester and across the UK.
Curated by Professor of Architecture Ola Uduku, PAC@75 will be a multi-institutional series of creative and academic events, led by Manchester Metropolitan University, with contributions from the University of Manchester, Salford University, and the University of Bolton, and in association with local creatives and the Manchester public.
Join us for activities featuring high-profile international speakers, such as the Ghanaian Princeton philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, Lemn Sissay, and Paul Gilroy as well as students and young people, who represent the next generation of leaders There will also be public-facing sessions including public literature readings , art projections, and theatrical performances by the Manchester School of Theatre and Contact Theatre.
PAC@75 will bring together academics, students and the public, to celebrate how Manchester’s diversity its impact on global history, and how this history relates to today’s contemporary challenges in the face of modern racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Man Met students who attend the lectures hosted as part of the Pan African Congress celebrations are eligible to claim up to 30 points towards Rise, the university’s innovative programme enabling accreditation and recognition of experiential learning.
Once you have attended your events, you can claim Rise points by filling in this form.