The Conference of African Peoples was held in London in July 1939. Organised by the League of Coloured Peoples, the Coloured Film Artistes’ Association, the Negro Welfare Association and other organisations.
Its closing resolution called for the application of the following principles to be applied to African and West Indian colonies:
- Universal adult suffrage and representative, democratic institutions.
- Universal, free and compulsory education.
- Freedom of speech, press and organisation.
- Full rights for political, Trade Union, Co-operative and peasant organisations, and a minimum level of labour and social legislation.
- The immediate abrogation of all existing repressive legislation.
The context and proceedings of the Conference are discussed by former BASA Committee member, and now school teacher, Daniel Whittall in the July issue of History Today.
Dan’s Royal Holloway PhD thesis Creolising London: Black West Indian activism and the politics of race and empire in Britain, 1931-1948 can be downloaded at
His thesis has already been discussed in Africa in Europe: Studies in Transnational Practice in the Long Twentieth Century by Eve Rosenhaf and Robbie John Macvicar Aitken (Liverpool University Press, 2013)
His reviews of:
Christian Høgsbjerg, L.R. James in Imperial Britain. (Duke University Press. 2014) can be seen at
Marika Sherwood’s book on Henry Sylvester Williams is
Another relevant book is Leslie James’s George Padmore and Decolonization from Below: Pan-Africanism, the Cold War, and the End of Empire. (Palgrave Macmillan. 2014)
My 2004 note on the Coloured Film Artists Association can be downloaded here: