President Robert Mugabe drew on historical references to highlight parallels between the civil rights struggles of African Americans in the US and the fight for independence in African countries.

This summit takes place against the background of a world of growing globalization. It is therefore most imperative that we get to know one another even better than before – in order to fully appreciate the various circumstances under which we live. Africans and African-Americans need each other… There are well known historical and sentimental reasons why Africans and African-Americans must cooperate. These must form a basis for strengthening and deepening linkages between us – of a more substantial nature

In this powerful address he mentioned legends such as Kwame Nkrumah who noted that the work of early pioneers of Pan-Africanism, all based abroad, had become precious African history.

He expanded on this by quoting Jamaican Pan-Africanist, Marcus Garvey who said, “Where is the black  man’s government? Where is his president, his country and his ambassador? His army, his navy, his men of big affairs? I could not find them. Then, I declare, I will help make them.”

Without giving too much away, watch this beautiful Thursday throbwack below.

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