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In Hamburg, early July 1930, a group of Africans, African Caribbeans and African Americans are meeting behind closed doors. They have all responded to a call by the Provisional Board of the International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers (ITUCNW) to participate in a conference. The objective was to challenge colonial hegemony and to achieve national independence for colonial subjects. The British and French Colonial governments labelled the organization as yet another mouthpiece of Moscow and the Comintern, and banned its activities and the distribution of its journal, The Negro Worker, in their colonies. Being a trade union, the ITUCNW was a sub-section of the Red International of Labour Unions, the trade union-wing of the Comintern. The aim of the ITUCNW was to serve as a global or transnational platform to activate and coordinate agitation and propaganda among 'Negro workers' throughout the world.

Keywords: African Americans; African Caribbeans; British Colonial governments; French Colonial governments; Hamburg; ITUCNW; Red International of Labour Unions; The Negro Worker

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