Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

The 1952 Meru Land Case: A Pan Africanism Mission
Lessie B. Tate, PhD; Jackson de Carvalho, PhD

Black nationalism and Pan-Africanism coalesced through the connection between Africans and members of the African Atlantic diaspora as a result of two World Wars and the black world’s outrage at the lack of support from the League of Nations for Ethiopia during the Italo-Ethiopian war. The reunion of Africans with the members of the African diaspora permitted the sharing of a recognized common destiny that Jim Crow, colonialism, and racial subordination held for the black world. At the conclusion of World War II, the arts, literature, education, sports, politics, education, religion, and labor created a newfound interconnectedness among blacks globally. A number of major capital cities in Europe and the United States, where those of the black world engaged in common ventures, provided space for “exceptional liberties of expression” thus escalating the development of black hubs where linkage between the black world were made. It was in such a space in 1947 London that a linkage between African American Alberta Seaton and her West Indian husband, Earle Seaton, and East Africans Thomas Marealle and Peter Koinange, resulted in their 1952 mutual involvement in what came to be known as the Meru Land Case.

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