6. The Pan-African Pantheon Lecture Series- Introducing Pantheons: Pan-Africanism in Quest for Liberation

The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC), South Africa, in collaboration with the Centre of Pan African Thought (CPAT), London, and in liaison with Manchester University Press (MUP) and Jacana Publishers in Johannesburg, hosted the first of a 10-part virtual lecture series by zoom based on the edited volume titled The Pan-African Pantheon: Prophets, Poets, and Philosophers, on Wednesday 23 June 2021.  The first lecture of the Pan-African Pantheon Lecture Series titled “Introducing Pantheons: Pan-Africanism in Quest for Liberation,” was delivered by Professor Adekeye Adebajo, Director of IPATC and editor of the volume.

In celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Centre of Pan African Thought, one of Britain’s leading spaces for African studies and dialogue with the world’s leading intellectuals and scholars on Africa, brings you 10 of the books’ authors, who each dissect general debates around slavery, colonialism, and reparations, as well as address the life and ideas of Pan-Africanicons such as Dudley Thompson, Malcolm X, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Steve Biko, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Derek Walcott, and Miriam Makeba. The Pantheon series is an opportunity to celebrate, reflect, revive, and reassert the commitment to Pan-Africanism as an imperative for African liberation – an essential ideology and practice for improving Africa’s economic and cultural standing in the contemporary geo-political landscape.

This virtual lecture was attended by 71 participants across the academic, civil society, governmental, and other engaged communities in South Africa, Africa, the Caribbean, North America, Europe, and beyond.

Event Type


Centre of Pan African Thought


23 June 2021


Professor Adekeye Adebajo


20h00 and 22h00 (SAST)