14 Feb The Truth About Umar, FDMG Academy and Pan-Afrikanism
Umar Johnson has reached a pivotal point on how his legacy will be written down in history books. There are only 3 possibilities when it comes to FDMG school. He’ll either succeed, fail or bamboozle us all. From best to worst.
Umar is at the pinnacle of his legacy and he represents “the face” of the current Pan-Afrikan movement because he is the most visible. He was on Breakfast Club and DJ Vlad. The normal person not schooled in political education will attribute Umar to Pan-Afrikanism without realizing the history.
A lot of misinformation and misconceptions about Pan-Afrikanism float around from time to time. I’ll clarify the direction of the Pan-Afrikan Liberation movement whether this school is a success, failure or complete fugazi.
In 1884 the Berlin Conference was not the birth of colonization but an evolution, when European barbarians settled their differences and planned the carving of Afrika.
Almost as if it were a mystical ancestral response, in 1900, Afrikans in the diaspora were looking to organize themselves across the globe.
Pan-Afrikanism started with the 1st Pan-Afrikan Conference organized by Henry Sylvester-Williams. A Trinidadian born in London. W.E.B Dubois was one of the attendees. The Conference was a flop but seeds were planted which wouldn’t bear fruit for 19 years.
Many of the Conference attendees transitioned into the ancestral realm but W.E.B Dubois would continue to build on the format of Afrikan diaspora getting together to discuss Black Liberation.
He organized the 1st Pan-Afrikan Congress and presided over 5 congresses from 1919-1945.
The 5th Pan-Afrikan Congress brought Jomo Kenyatta, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, C.L.R. James, Amy Garvey, George Padmore.
It was concluded that the mass character of the Pan-Afrikan movement was in harmony with the Honorable Marcus Garvey and the UNIA. Malcolm X’s father was also part of UNIA.
Garvey embodied the spirit of Pan-Afrikanism with the UNIA but Garvey himself was inspired by Booker T Washington. Garvey represents a crucial process of Pan-Afrikanism, organization outside of government.
The 5th Congress called for mobile organization of mass political parties as the solution to confronting colonial-imperial-capitalism.
It’s no secret that Marcus Garvey had beef with Dubois, No matter how any Garveyite may feel, these were the pioneers of the movement. Garvey’s RBG flag would inspire the Black star on the Ghanaian flag and influenced other flags on the continent after they gained Independence.
Kwame Nkrumah took Garvey’s spirit and mobilized organization on a government level. Martin Luther King Jr went to Ghana for the Independence announcement in 1957 and found a deep love for Afrika.
Nkrumah would use Ghana as the Headquarters to free the rest of the continent. Nkrumah would continue to build Afrikan Unity, he worked with several heads of state who advocated Pan-Afrikanism.
On April 15, 1958, in the city of Accra Ghana, Afrikan leaders and political activists convened at the first Conference of Independent African States, the 1st Pan-Afrikan Conference on Afrikan soil. Government representation from Ethiopia, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Egypt. Also representatives of the National Liberation Front of Algeria and the Union of Cameroonian Peoples.
Kwame Nkrumah revolutionized the legacy of Marcus Garvey’s Pan-Afrikan ambition. This conference laid the foundation to strategize and coordinate the liberation for the rest of Africa, and eventual unification.
The Conference called for the founding of African Freedom Day, a day to
“mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the People of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.”Kwame Nkrumah
Five years later in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia On May 25, 1963, leaders of thirty-two independent African States met to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU).
At this time more than two thirds of the continent had achieved independence from colonialism. At this historic meeting, the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from April 15th to May 25th and Africa Freedom Day was declared African Liberation Day (ALD). African Liberation Day has been held on May 25th around the globe since.
Many fighters sacrificed for this movement, Steve Biko, Robert Sobukwe, Patrice Lumumba, Amilcar Cabral, Maurice Bishop, Jomo Kenyatta. Sekou Toure gave Nkrumah refuge as co-president after Nkrumah’s government was overthrown in 1966. International fears grew of his effective influence.
Malcolm X modeled his Organization of Afrikan American Unity (OAAU) from the OAU, in his final chapter of his legacy. Many people are not aware that Malcolm X was ready to fight for Pan-Afrikanism and that’s what the CIA was truly afraid of.
Among Nkrumah and Cabral writing Pan-Afrikan literature, a whole lifetime of study has been left by many researchers, archaeologists, teachers and authors who have contributed to this lifetime, history, work and study like Dr. Welsing, Chancellor Williams, Dr. Ben, Chiekh Anta Diop, and Dr Clarke.
We’re the only liberation movement with a history, track record, curriculum and proven results. Even before the birth of Pan-Afrikanism, there is history of resistance against colonial forces like Queen Nzinga and Warrior Asentewaa and many known and unknown stories during the time period of 16th century onward.
Kwame Nkrumah’s legacy didn’t end with the downfall of his presidency. He called for the formation of All Afrikan People’s Revolutionary Party after he wrote “The Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare” in 1968. The party is still active today across the globe.
Kwame Ture worked with several different movements for the Liberation of Afrikan people around the world as an organizer of the AA-PRP. Our heroes were murdered for Pan-Afrikanism. Imprisoned, set up, surveilled, ostracized. We have generations upon generations ready to become tactician in this movement because we have a history, we have pain, motivation and our resolve.
I SAY ALL THAT TO SAY THIS
Now we have Umar who calls himself Prince of Pan-Afrikanism or POPA, ready to start his school……. I’m going to give Umar the benefit of the doubt.
Even with knowledge of Umars no show event in Toronto and an entire Youtube channel exposing Umar, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
I’ll assume Umar announced his school because he knows it will be a success. Why would Umar increase his exposure to be caught? (Let me know in the comment section)
Bottom line is Pan-Afrikanism doesn’t depend on Umar or the success of the school to survive. Umar is earning his legacy in Pan-Afrikanism. He isn’t the legacy, he isn’t making the legacy. He is attempting to solidify himself as more then just a speaker.
If somehow Umar runs off on the plug, hijacks the school fund, whether he succeeds, fails or is deceitful, the liberation movement will continue.
Everybody has to make a choice, the whole world is watching. People who choose to support Umar, the ones who have defended Umar will be the one’s accountable if Umar runs off on the plug.
Long live a United Scientific Socialist Afrika according to Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah.
Forward Ever. Backward Never. Peace and Blessings