Today, Atlanta Free Speech celebrates African Liberation Day (ALD). ALD was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana. The 15th of April was declared “African Freedom Day,” to mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.
Between 1958 and 1963 the nation and class struggle intensified in Africa, as well as here in America and the rest of the world. Seventeen countries in Africa won their independence and 1960 was proclaimed the “Year of Africa.” On the 25th of May 1963, thirty-one African Heads of State convened a summit meeting to found the Organization of African Unity (OAU). They renamed African Freedom Day “African Liberation Day” and changed its date to May 25th.
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