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5. Towards a Global Agenda: The ITUCNW and the World Negro Workers Conference

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The idea of a World Negro Conference was again put on the agenda of the Comintern in 1928, albeit under different conditions than earlier. The earlier attempts had been outlined and planned by the Eastern Secretariat, the new attempt was to be handled and directed by the RILU and its Negro Bureau, i.e., the ITUCNW. In line with the 'united font'- tactics, the earlier outlines had envisaged a broad meeting that would gather both communist as well as bourgeois radical and liberal activists including both African American and African participants. The earlier outlines in Moscow for a World Negro Conference followed the general pattern of establishing a 'neutral' platform that would be controlled by the Communist faction. Such plans were seriously discussed during summer 1923, when the Provisional Secretary for Calling the Negro Conference informed the British and American Parties of the plans to arrange a Negro Conference.

Keywords: African Americans; Comintern; Communist faction; Eastern Secretariat; ITUCNW; Moscow; RILU Negro Bureau; World Negro Conference



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