J.B. Danquah

In 1960, whilst Dr. Danquah, leader of the then opposition UGCC was looking for a publisher to publish his classic book, “The Akan Doctrine of God,” he sought the assistance of the great Pan-Africanist leader, Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois to prevail on Ghana`s ambassador to USA, W. M. Q. Halm, a die-hard CPP to assist in the publication.

Dr Du Bois as an elder nationalist wrote Ambassador Halm to assist Dr Danquah, Halm replied Dr Du Bois regretting that they could not meet in Ghana; describing Dr. Danquah as his “bitter opponent” and so refusing to have him “use me as his agent”; and hoping they (he and Du Bois) can meet during his impending visit to the U.S.

Below is the content of Ambassador Halm`s letter to Du Bois:

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Embassy of Ghana, United States of America

13th July 1960

Dear Dr. Du Bois,

Thank you for your letter of 24th June as well as Dr. Danquah`s manuscript. It is unfortunate I never had the opportunity of meeting you in Ghana. I supposed you received my invitation to my buffet supper which was arranged in honour of the American invitees to the Republican Presidential inauguration.

Dr. Danquah has been my bitter opponent and whilst I was the chairman of the IDC he criticized my administration very fiercely; and now that he is almost down and out he has chosen to request me to do him service. This I certainly would not do and have therefore transmitted the manuscript to him in Ghana.

I hope you are very well and trust there will be an opportunity for us to meet while I am in the United States.

Sincerely yours,

M. Q. Halm

Ambassador.

Source:

Ghana . Embassy (U.S.). Letter from Ambassador of Ghana to W. E. B. Du Bois, July 13, 1960. W. E. B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Kweku Darko Ankrah

 

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