On Friday, January 23, the Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO) completed a yearlong project to support the development of a library in the Ashanti region of Ghana, West Africa by shipping over 10,000 books.

The Books for Ghana Project was initiated in the spirit of Pan-Africanism which advocates that black people should be supportive of each other no matter where we live, UAPO said in a release.

The idea for this project began when Reynaldo Anderson, UAPO member and professor at Harris-Stowe State University, was visiting Ghana in 2013. While there, he was asked by community and political leaders of the Sekyera Afram Plains District in Ghana to spearhead an effort to generate books for a library they were building.

Being aware of the UAPO’s previous international humanitarian efforts of shipping books, clothing, medical supplies, food and water to other countries, such as Namibia, Zimbabwe, Haiti and Ethiopia, Anderson reached out to Zaki Baruti, head of the UAPO to help in this endeavor. 

To complete the mission, the UAPO had the support of the following organizations and individuals: Legacy Bookstore & Cafe, Afro World, Muhammad Islamic Academy, Central Baptist Church, University City Library, Imani Youth Organization, Junior Black Chamber of Commerce, Curtis & Pamela Kemp, Emanuel & Harriet Opoku, Ms. J. Page, Nana Sewaa Williams, the Moorish Science Temple and countless UAPO members. 

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