On the evening of 11 February1927, on the second day of the inaugural meeting of the League against Imperialism, the tall, gaunt, figure of Lamine Senghor strode to the podium to deliver the penultimate speech of the session.1 Senghor was a decorated veteran of the First World War, who had risen to prominence in the mid-1920sas a leading figure in the emerging communist-inspired anti-colonial movement in France. In his speech, he denounced imperialism as a modern form of slavery and called on the workers of the world to unite and overthrow the entire capitalist-imperialist system. By all accounts, his rousing speech was received rapturously by the delegates gathered at the Château d’Egmont, some of whom rushed to the podium to embrace the Senegalese militant who would continue to be feted over the remainder of the Congress.
|Title of host publication||The League Against Imperialism|
|Subtitle of host publication||Lives and Afterlives|
|Editors||Michele Louro, Carolien Stolte|
|Place of Publication||Leiden|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 1 Feb 2020|
- Lamine Senghor
- black internationalism
Murphy, D. (Accepted/In press). No more slaves! Lamine Senghor, black internationalism and the league against imperialism. In M. Louro, & C. Stolte (Eds.), The League Against Imperialism: Lives and Afterlives Leiden.