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The Kwame Ture Papers Project is a project of Pan-African Roots, the not-for-profit arm and online newspaper of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC). When fully developed, this Project represents the largest repository and online database of declassified government documents—federal, state, county, municipal, campus and international—and other archival materials about Kwame Ture and the movements, organizations, governments and personalities whom they collaborated, competed and conflicted.
This Project’s origin flows from two interrelated events. In March 1970, Kwame returned to the United States for the first time since Miriam Makeba, his first wife, and he moved to the People’s Revolutionary Republic of Guinea to live, work, study and struggle under the direction of co-presidents Ahmed Sekou Toure and Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah. Among other assignments, Ture spearheaded a massive party-building political education, recruitment and fundraising drive throughout North America, and later, the world.
Bob Brown was assigned to co-coordinate this drive. It was this drive, which prepared the political climate and laid the organizational foundation for the emergence of chapters of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party in North America, and later, the world. Between 1970 and 1997, Kwame spoke to an average of 500 to 1,000 students at rallies on 50 to 100 campuses per year. Many of you invited or hosted him. This was only one of his many assignments. Kwame was forced to halt this work when he could not travel anymore due to cancer.
Bob also held the responsibility of co-coordinating the process to document the struggle to build the A-APRP, and our related work. Forty-three years later, tons of archival material—organizational and personal, governmental and non-governmental, printed and electronic—are scattered throughout the United States and the world. This material belongs to the A-APRP, with Kwame’s and everyone involved copyrights recognized, respected and fully protected.
A week prior to his transition on November 15, 1998, Kwame Ture authorized Bob Brown to file a series of massive Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and State Open Records Act (SORA) requests—federal, state, county, municipal and campus in the United States and internationally—demanding the declassification and full-disclosure of all his files, and all of the files of all of the movements, organizations, governments and personalities that he collaborated, conflicted and competed. The first round of these requests was filed on January 1, 1999. We are in the process of filing the second, more massive round. More information will follow.
The Kwame Ture Papers Project has spent the past 14 years identifying, retrieving, processing, digitizing and indexing these files. We have systematically surfed—electronic and on-site—databases, libraries, archives and museums worldwide; and have reached out to hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals to identify other relevant materials. When completed this Project’s repository and electronic database will include articles, audio-visual materials, books, declassified government documents, dissertations and thesis, emails and internet pages, interviews, legal and legislative documents, letters and correspondence, manuscripts, monographs, notes, organizational and personal records, pamphlets, photographs, reports, and other materials.
This Project is assisting in the creation of a refreshingly new and more scientific paradigm, narrative and discourse founded on and grounded in our Nkrumahist-Toureist ideological perspective, and informed by the longest, most comprehensive and most revolutionary view of Kwame’s, Africa’s and world history. A full range of educational, organizational and inspirational materials are being developed to introduce Kwame to generations of African youth yet unborn, who will inherit and continue his revolutionary theory and practice.
The Kwame Ture Papers Project collaborates with, but is independent of Kwame’s library in Conakry, Guinea that includes the books and papers he owned and had in his possession when he made his transition. His library and all of his property, privacy and publicity rights are owned and controlled by the Estate of Kwame Ture. It, and only it has the authority to approve the use of his intellectual property.
The Kwame Toure Papers Project seeks to work with colleges and universities, libraries and archives, movements and organizations in every corner of Africa, the African Diaspora and the world.
About Kwame Ture
Kwame Ture is one of the foremost, Nkrumahist-Toureist, revolutionary Pan-Africanist and internationalist philosophers and organizers of the 20th century. He was born and spent the first 11 years of his life in Trinidad and Tobago (1941-1952). He lived, studied and organized in the United States for 16 years (1952 to 1968) and in the People’s Revolutionary Republic of Guinea for 30 years (1968 to 1998). He made his transition November 15, 1998, and is buried in Guinea, in his beloved Africa, for eternity.
From 1950, when his philosophical and organizational consciousness and conscience was first aroused in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad during Tubal “Uriah” Butler’s electoral campaign, to his transition 48 years later, Kwame was an integral part of the student and youth, independent and revolutionary political party, human and civil rights, nationalist and Black Power, Pan-Africanist and socialist, peace, and anti-repression movements; the most militant, radical and revolutionary wings of these movements as they and he grew, developed and evolved.
He was elected to the vice presidency of the Student Government Association at his middle school in New York in 1954; and openly identified with, but did not join, the student left at Bronx High School of Science and the larger student left in New York from 1956 to 1960. As a high school student Kwame supported the civil rights, nationalist, Pan-Africanist, socialist, peace and anti-repression movements.
Through the course of his political life (1950 to 1998) he was affiliated with the Uriah Butler’s Home Rule Party in Trinidad and Tobago, the Kokistas at the Bronx High School of Science in New York, the Non-Violent Action Group at Howard University, the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the Lowndes Country Freedom Organization, the Black Panther Party, and the Movement to take Kwame Nkrumah Back to Ghana, the Democratic Party of Guinea, the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania, and an organizer for the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party. He supported hundreds of progressive and revolutionary movements, organizations and governments, worldwide.
Kwame collaborated, competed and conflicted with a galaxy of political, cultural, spiritual and sport icons world-wide. He was banned, detained and declared persona non-gratis in more than 100 countries, and traveled to an unknown—temporarily—number of others. He spoke and organized on four continents: Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. He gave interviews to a who’s who of media outlets.
He has thousands of unpublished speeches, interviews and writings, and three books: Black Power: The Politics of Liberation, which he coauthored with Charles Hamilton; Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan-Africanism, which was edited by Ethel Minor; and Ready for Revolution: the Life of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), which was co-authored with Michael Thelwell.
About Pan-African Roots and Bob Brown
Founded in 1968, the Kwame Ture Papers Project is a project of Pan-African Roots, the not-for-profit arm of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) and its online newspaper. Pan-African Roots is the revolutionary voice of 1.5 billion African People who are scattered, suffering and struggling in every corner of Africa and the African Diaspora. It is a 501c3 tax exempt, fiscally sponsored project of the Alliance for Global Justice.
Bob Brown is the founder and co-director of Pan-African Roots and the Kwame Ture Papers Project. He is a revolutionary, Pan-Africanist, socialist, Nkrumahist-Toureist, who celebrates 50 years of work, study and struggle in the student and youth, human and civil rights, national liberation and Black Power, Pan-African, socialist, peace and anti-repression movements in August 2013.
Bob joined the Chicago Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, was Director of the Midwest Office of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and co-founder of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. His political acumen and organizational expertise was sought and used in the capacity of an advisor to the Harold Washington for Mayor of Chicago Campaign, the Jesse Jackson for President Campaign and the Carol Mosely-Braun for the Illinois Senate Campaign; and the National Campaign Director of the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania’s Presidential and Local Elections Campaigns. Bob was the National Coordinator for Third World outreach for the million-person United Nations March for Disarmament, the National Coordinator for Logistics and Operations for the Million Man March, and the National Director of the related two million-person Stay-at-Home Campaign. Bob served as a special assistant to J. Archie Hargreaves, during his presidency of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, helped found and was one of the first graduates of its University Without Walls Program.
Bob supported and continues to support hundreds of progressive and revolutionary movements, organizations and governments in every corner of Africa, the African Diaspora and the world. He is currently an organizer for the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party(GC), and a member of the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania (South Africa).
Bob authored Slavery and the Slave Trade Were and Are Crimes Against Humanity; edited the new edition of Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan-Africanism, and contributed an interview to We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America.
He and Dr. Christian P. Davenport are completing research on The War against Kwame Ture, a case study of COINTELPRO and cointelpro-like operations against Kwame and the movements, organizations, governments, activities and events and personalities with whom he collaborated, competed and conflicted.
Kwame Ture Papers Project Needs your Help!
Kwame Ture is a product of the student and youth, human and civil rights, national liberation and Black Power, Pan-African and socialist, peace and anti-repression movements. He made his contributions to them in turn, and changed them, irrevocably. It took a worldwide, mass movement, and untold numbers of intelligence, police and military agencies in the United States, Africa, the African Diaspora and the world to create, preserve and archive these organizational and personal files, and government documents. It will take a militant, massive and worldwide movement to identify, declassify, retrieve, digitize, store, process, and make them accessible to organizers, students and scholars in every corner of the world. Kwame and many of you made and preserved history, though not exactly as planned.
The Kwame Ture Papers Project needs your help to write that history!
Volunteer, to help us complete our research and interviews!
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