First Pan-African congress, led by W.E.B. Du Bois, convenes in Paris during the Paris Peace Conference.
1918 (Feb 19)
W. E. B. Du Bois led the first Pan-African Congress which was held in Paris while the Paris Peace Conference was convening. About sixty delegates, including West Indians, Africans, and Black Americans, attended the meeting to determine how Blacks of the world might benefit from the Paris Peace Conference. The democracy for which many of them fought in world war I, they said, should become a reality. While this congress accomplished very little, it stimulated subsequent and more fruitful assemblages of Blacks in later years.