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The Pen and The Gun

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s Affirmation As A Professional Revolutionary And What This Entails

I am a little surprised at you for suggesting that I should accept an offer to teach. You do not seem to know me yet. You forget that I AM A PROFESSIONAL REVOLUTIONARY: the gun without the pen is useless and the pen without the gun is even more useless.

My way lies in Action and Struggle. And in struggling and performing these actions, I can teach others in that way….The path I have taken is a lonely path, full of thorns and thistles, but it must be traversed….Do not forget what I have been saying, that the seemingly disastrous state of affairs in Africa today is simply the prelude or, shall I say, the grand rehearsal of the revolution that is to overtake Africa.

We must all, joyfully, be prepared…History warns and urges me on, philosophy tells me to be cautious, but scientific socialism tells me to damn all and fight on, adding my quota to the eventual destruction of capitalism and imperialism and to the ushering in of man’s total emancipation, where racial discrimination of any kind will be a criminal offence and those who practise racialism
shall be considered madmen. We shall overcome – Dr. Kwame Nkrumah writes.

From June Milne’s Kwame Nkrumah: The Conakry Years – His Life and Letters (1990), pp. 294, 73, 342, and 234

Author: thincology

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