DATE OF BIRTH:28th June 1903
TIME OF BIRTH: 12:00 noon
PLACE OF BIRTH: Arouca, Trinidad & Tobago
LONG: 61 W 0
LAT: 10 N 07
TIME ZONE: GMT -4
ASCENDANT: 4 Libra
SUN SIGN: 5 Cancer
MOON SIGN: 23 Leo
George Padmore, born Malcolm Ivan Meredith Nurse, was a leading Pan-Africanist, journalist, and author. He left his native Trinidad in 1924 to study medicine in the United States, where he also joined the Communist Party.
George Padmore, born Malcolm Ivan Meredith Nurse in Trinidad on June 28, 1903, was a renowned Pan-Africanist, journalist, and author. His early years were marked by academic pursuits in Trinidad and the United States, where he studied medicine and joined the Workers (Communist) Party (CPUSA). Padmore's involvement with the CPUSA led him to the Soviet Union, where he played an active role in the party and focused on African independence movements.
His commitment to African liberation was steadfast, but he became disillusioned with the Soviet Union's changing priorities in the 1930s, prompting his break with the Comintern. Padmore continued to support socialism while living in France and eventually settling in London in 1934. Over the next two decades, he became a central figure in a community of writers dedicated to pan-Africanism, working with notable figures like C. L. R. James.
Padmore's political journey took a significant turn during World War II when he formed a lasting alliance with Kwame Nkrumah, a key figure in Ghana's independence movement. He played a pivotal role in organizing the 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress, contributing to the post-war decolonization agenda.
In 1959, George Padmore passed away in London at the age of 56 due to cirrhosis of the liver. Following his death, Kwame Nkrumah and others paid tribute to his substantial contributions to the African liberation movement. Padmore's legacy is evident in the establishments named in his honor, such as the George Padmore Research Library in Accra, Ghana, and the George Padmore Institute in North London. His works, including "How Britain Rules Africa," "Africa and World Peace," and "The Gold Coast Revolution," reflect his dedication to African independence and Pan-Africanism. Streets in Nairobi, Kenya, named George Padmore Road and George Padmore Lane further commemorate his influential contributions to the cause.