On May 24, 1963, during the formation of the Organization of African Unity summit, where 32 African Heads of State were in attendance, Kwame Nkrumah stated, "We all want a united Africa, united not only in our concept of what unity connotes, but united in our common desire to move forward together in dealing with all the problems that can best be solved only on a continental basis."
With this goal in mind, Africa Liberation Day is celebrated by various countries on the African continent, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, and the United States, annually on May 25th. It reflects our history, honors our ancestors and celebrates our victories of moving towards a liberated Africa from slavery, colonialism, neo-colonialism, and imperialism.
Initially declared “Africa Freedom Day” in April 15, 1958 after Kwame Nkrumah held the First Conference of Independent States in Accra, Ghana, it was moved to May 25th in 1965 by Emperor Haile Selassie, utilizing the day the historic Charter of the Organization of African Unity as Africa Liberation Day. Today this commemoration of freedom from foreign control and unity for all of Africa’s people is still going strong as there is much more work to be done for the liberation of our people throughout the world.