University City will host the Fourth Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference

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Lincoln University, Pa. – Lincoln University - University City will host the Fourth Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC4) “Reinvigorating the Pan-African Intelligentsia: Developing organizations and institutions committed to serving African People” from Friday, September 16 through Monday, September 19.

The conference, named for Ghana’s first president and 1939 Lincoln graduate, includes a free Pan-African film festival, plenary sessions, musical performances, networking mixers, and a tour excursion to Lincoln University’s main campus.  Nkrumah also received an honorary degree from Lincoln in 1951.

“I am pleased to announce the Fourth Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC4),” said Richard Green, interim president of Lincoln University. “KNIC4 is an interdisciplinary conference that provides a platform for scholars and students from across the globe to share ideas on how to pool resources and to provide a synergy of knowledge, efforts, projects and programs throughout the globe that are designed to develop the intellectual, political, social, economic and other cultural life opportunities of people of African heritage.”

Featured presenters include Toyin Falola, author and Jacob and Frances Sanger

Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin and Kluge Chair of the Countries and Culture of the South, Library of Congress; Molefi Kete Asante, author and chair and professor, Department of African American Studies, Temple University; Ama Biney, educator and author, “The Political and Social Thought of Kwame Ture;” Ama Mazama, associate professor and director  of the Graduate Programs of the Department of African American Studies, Temple University and managing editor of the “Journal of Black Studies;” Kofi Lomotey, scholar, educator, and editor of the “SAGE Encyclopedia of African American Education” as well as the secretary-treasurer of the Council of Independent Black Institutions; and D. Zizwe Poe, a social scientist, historian and professor, History, Political Science, Philosophy and Religion, Lincoln University.

The theme of this year’s conference describes what the organizing committee of the conference wants to have an influence on,” said Poe, also chairman of KNIC4 organizing committee.  “The general goal of all iterations of the KNIC4 is the global well-being of African descendants. The KNIC4 organizing committee decided that the fourth Kwame Nkrumah International Conference could best support achieving the general goal by providing organizational self-assessments and recommended initiatives of intellectuals and activists concerned with Pan-Africanism.”

The conference was organized jointly with Lincoln University – University City, which is located at Lincoln Plaza, 3020 Market Street in Philadelphia; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana; Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; and Molefi Kefe Asante Institute in Philadelphia. 

Participants are expected from various parts of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and North America since the conference is designed for anyone interested in the development of Pan-Africanism and a functionally united Africa in the 21st century.

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By Eric Christopher Webb ’91, Director, Office of Communications & Public Relations