The Conference on Africa and U.S. Imperialism featured presentations by
- Atty. Jeff Edison of the National Conference of Black Lawyers.
- Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie, Director of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
- Cheick Oumar and Moussa Rimau, two graduate students at MSU from Mali.
- Tachae J. Davis of Workers World Youth Fraction and a student at Macomb Community College.
- Abayomi Azikywe, editor, Pan-African New Wire, and co-founder of the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI).
There was also a video address was delivered by Jesus Rodriguez Espinoza, Venezuelan diplomat from the Venezuelan Consulate in Chicago, explaining the links between the Bolivarian Revolution and Africa. To view the video, visit
The full conference video may be viewed at Conference on Africa & U.S. Imperialism 2013-05-18.
Left: African Union deliberations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Date unknown.
Right: Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, with Dr. Rita Edozie of Michigan State University at the Dr. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on March 9, 2013. (Photo: Leona McElvene)
Africa and U.S. Imperialism: Post-Colonial Crises and the Imperatives of the African Revolution
Five decades since the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) while the Pentagon and NATO escalates its war drive on the continent
By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Note: The following lecture was delivered at the Africa & U.S. Imperialism Conference held in Detroit on May 18, 2013.
May 25, 2013 represents the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the forerunner of the present African Union which formed in 2002. This conference today is taking place at a critical time within the history of Africa and the Diaspora.