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READ The Revealing Letters Sent by W.E.B. Du Bois to Haile Selassie About Africa

Two notable Pan-Africanists, W.E.B. Du Bois and Haile Selassie I passed away on this day. The former, who was likewise a social equality extremist, humanist, writer, author and student of history passed away in Accra, Ghana in 1963 with the last passing ceaselessly in 1975.

To commend their heritages and life-changing effect towards advocating a more bound together and less-subordinate Africa, Face2FaceAfrica shares with you two letters W.E.B. Du Bois sent to the then Emperor of Ethiopia.

Scroll through to read:

Dated June 17, 1960, the first letter was sent to the Emperor commending him for his speech warning Africa against becoming dependent on loans from Europe and America.

Read the letter below:

“Your Majesty,

I have read with great interest in the New York Times the report of your speech at the meeting of independent African nations. I write to thank you for the speech and especially for its warning to Africa not to become dependent upon loans from Europe and America. This is the policy by which your predecessor, Menelik, saved the independence of your country.

I am, sir,

                                                                                                                                                         Your Obedient Servant,

                                                                                                                                                                W.E.B. Du Bois”

Letter courtesy David Graham Du Bois Trust/Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Letter courtesy David Graham Du Bois Trust/Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Dated June 6, 1962, the second letter was sent to the Emperor informing him of the of the Encyclopedia Africana project. Read it below:

“Your Excellency,

I am venturing to bring to your attention the work which has been begun by a Secretariat under my direction in Accra, Ghana, toward the preparation and eventual publication of an Encyclopedia Africana.

Our aims and plan of work are set forth in the enclosed Information Report, which I trust you will find of interest.

It is our desire to make this work a truly Pan-African undertaking. It must be so to reflect truly and accurately the life and history of all Africa. In addition, the purpose of this Encyclopedia would be in one important sense, to correct the false European-created concepts of disunity and division fostered among all African peoples. Along with the cooperation of scholars in various African countries, we are seeking the endorsement and support of prominent African leaders. We hope therefore that you may wish to send us a brief statement supporting our efforts in this work.

With warm personal regards,

                                                                                                                                                             Very Sincerely Yours,

                                                                                                                                                             W.E.B. Du Bois

                                                                                                                                                              Director

His Excellency,

Haile Selassie,

Emperor of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa,

Ethiopia.”

Letter courtesy David Graham Du Bois Trust/Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Letter courtesy David Graham Du Bois Trust/Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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