February 20, 1948: JB Danquah and Kwame Nkrumah address Gold Coast WWII, ex-servicemen at Palladium Cinema, Accra.

During World War II, Ghana then called the Gold Coast, was a colony under British colonial. The Gold Coast was obliged to contribute soldiers to fight alongside British and allied troops. At the end of the war the soldiers returned to the Gold Coast. Their gratuities after military service had not been paid. On 20th February, 1948, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Dr. J. B. Danquah of the UGCC met and addressed the World War II veterans who had been agitating for their end-of-service benefits following the end of World War II, at the Palladium Cinema, in Accra. These veterans had fought with the Gold Coast Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Forces and had not been paid their gratuities on their return home. Dr. Nkrumah and Dr. Danquah both gave their support and encouraged the veterans in their protest over their post-war neglect. This was a prelude to the events on 28th February, 1948, which came to be known as the “Christianborg Cross-Roads Shooting”.