The Wind of Change

When the British Prime Harold Mcmillian made his "Wind of Change" speech was made on 3 February 1960 in Cape Town, Africans were blowing it. 

The "Wind of Change" speech was made by the British Prime Minister whilst addressing the South African Parliament during his tour of African Commonwealth states. It was a watershed moment in the struggle for black nationalism in Africa and the independence movement across the continent. It also signalled a change in attitude towards the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

The British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, had been on tour of Africa since 6 January that year, visiting Ghana, Nigeria, and other British colonies in Africa.

Macmillan acknowledged that black people (Africans) in Africa were, quite rightly, claiming the right to rule themselves, and suggested that it was a responsibility of the British government to promote the creation of societies in which the rights of all individuals were upheld.

"The wind of change is blowing through this [African] continent, and whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. We must all accept it as a fact, and our national policies must take account of it.

The "Wind of Change" was not only blowing in Continental Africa; it was blowing right across the African Diaspora.

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