- Davis, Irving, 1937-1981
- Call number
- Sc MG 640
- Physical description
- .4 linear feet (1 archival box)
- Preferred Citation
- Pan-African Skills Project collection, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
- Access to materials
- Restricted access.
The Irving Davis/Pan-African Skills Project collection consists of biographical information on Irving Davis, proposals and policies of PASP, and correspondence relating to the Project, 1970-1981. There are also flyers documenting PASP's projects and fund-raisers.
Irving Davis (1937-1981), an activist during the 1960's and 70's, conceived and founded the Pan-African Skills Project (PASP) based on Pan-African/Black Nationalist philosophies. The main aim of PASP was to send skilled African Americans to work in newly independent African nations to assist with their development programs and process. Started as a project of the Africa Commission of the National Committee of Black Churchmen, within a few years of its inception it was mutually agreed that PASP should be an independent organization.
PSAP projects included the sponsorship of the Economic Development and African-Afro-American Relations conference in 1971 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The conference provided a platform for Afro-American and African churchmen to discuss Black/African theology, education, economic development and trans-continental relations. The proceedings of the conference can be found in the book Black Faith and Black Solidarity.
Source of acquisitionGift, Conteh Davis, 1998
Using the collection
LocationSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801