The W. E .B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan- African Culture, Accra is a national historic monument of Ghana, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. The Final resting place of Dr. W. E. B. and Shirley Graham Du Bois. This major West African tourist site houses the mausoleum, personal library, and museum of the Du Bois’ rich lives as influential American and Pan- African thinkers and activists.
The Centre was established in 1985, as a research institution for Pan-African history and culture, and as a crucible for African/Diasporan creativity and promotion of the social, political, cultural, and intellectual legacy of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois.
PNDC Law 238 of 1990, placed the Centre under the “National Commission on Culture”, which had oversight responsibilities of all institutions responsible for the promotion of Arts and Culture in Ghana.
It was thus given a Museum status under Section II (i) of the National Museums Decree 1969 (NLCD 387) and now operates as an implementing agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
The mission of the Centre is to “Promote the continued pursuit of self-definition for Africa and the Diaspora and the realization of Human Rights for all people, through research, public education, the arts and constructive dialogue, in the tradition of Du Bois himself”.
In summary, the Centre main job is “To inculcate in Africans the spirit of Pan Africanism and self-consciousness”.
The Centre’s vision is “To become a vital, dynamic Centre which promotes the ideas of Pan Africanism, by demonstrating practical application to today’s social, political, economic and cultural conditions”.
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