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During an official visit to Washington DC in 1962, Cameroon’s founding President Ahmadou Ahidjo informed President John F. Kennedy of his displeasure over anti-black racism in the US. Ahidjo met and praised the leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest African American civil rights organisation, for its willingness to unite with Africa “in a world-wide movement to fight against the evils of racial discrimination, injustice, racial prejudices, and hatred”.
He later wrote, "Each time a black man [and woman] is humiliated anywhere in the world, all Negroes the world over are hurt." President Ahidjo called for a united front between Africans and African-Americans to confront anti-black racism.
Amin, Julius A., "Africans and African-Americans would honour Martin Luther King by rekindling their bonds" (2022). History Faculty Publications. 154.
Julius A. Amin is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Dayton. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.