The Pan African Conference
During the war, the interaction of African colonial troops and black American soldiers helped to establish a distinct strain of pan-African politics. NAACP co-founder and civil rights leader W. E. B. Du Bois and Senegalese official Blaise Diagne organized the Pan African Conference of 1919. Held over three days in February, it brought together fifty-seven delegates from Africa, the West Indies, and the United States and helped to create a foundation for the development of black internationalism that contributed to African and Asian independence movements in the decades that followed World War I.