Tag: Africa

Leopold Sedar Senghor (1906-2001) Who will teach rhythm to the world laid low?

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the Decade 2013-2022 as the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures building on the efforts in the UNESCO General Conference which had called for “the development of a universal global consciousness” based on dialogue and cooperation in a climate of trust and mutual understanding and for a “new humanism for the twenty-first century”. For Alochonaa’s new series on “Rapprochement of Cultures” Dr. Rene Wadlow looks at the creative efforts of individuals who built bridges of understanding over the divides of cultures, social classes, and ethnicity and created a foundation for the New Humanism. In this piece Dr. Wadlow reviews the life of Leopold Sedar Senghor, the former President of Senegal who in Wadlow’s word, “was a poet, a cultural bridge-builder between Africa and Europe, an active world citizen and world federalist.”