Robert Broadhurst

(1860—1948) pan-African nationalist leader

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(1859/60–1948). Pan-Africanist leader in Britain in the early 1900s. Born in Sierra Leone, in 1869 he was sent to Cheshire to be educated and started working for the family firm, Broadhurst and Sons, in Manchester in 1905. By 1936 he is known to have been a cocoa merchant in the Gold Coast. He was heavily involved in the realm of Pan-Africanist politics in Britain, becoming a founder member of the African Progress Union between 1911 and 1925. He became secretary of the Union in his sixties and continued as a member of the executive committee until its end. He worked with other leading supporters such as Duse Mohamed Ali, Edmund Fitzgerald Fredericks, and ‘the Black doctor of Paddington’ John Alcindor. The Union organized around issues related to the welfare of ‘Africans and Afro-Peoples’ worldwide and vociferously advocated self-determination. This involved, for example, protests about the lack of police protection during anti-black riots in Liverpool in 1919.


From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

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