As of March 29, 2006, the Global Mappings
political atlas web site will be closed.
Thank you for your participation in
the 2001-2006 pilot project.
Pan-Afrocan Congress, Paris, 1919
Image from "Crisis, A Record of the Darker Races",
Negro Universities Press, 1969
The basic premise undergirding
the Global Mappings project is that by the late nineteenth century,
African and African-descended communities and organizations in Africa,
the New World and Western Europe viewed themselves as part of a
supra-national "imagined community" that was not territorially
This imagined community was based on a belief in the
common source of their displacement and oppression: a matrix of
white supremacy, colonialism and apartheid created and re-generated
by the dominant powers of the modern West. As a consequence, political
actors from these very distinct parts of the world developed alternative
political and cultural networks across nation-state boundaries to
decry their conditions and to mobilize against them.