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Also featured Black Voters Matter Co-Founder LaTosha Brown, WFP National Director Maurice Mitchell, and #METOO Movement Founder Tarana Burke

Sunday marked the powerful conclusion of the star-studded, five-day State of the Black World Conference V, convened by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century. Politicians, business leaders, and decision-makers from across the diaspora, along with hundreds of activists, advocates and community organizers galvanized around the theme “Global Africans Rising, Empowerment Reparations and Healing.”

The conference included working sessions and dialogues on economic empowerment, gentrification, police reform, reparations, and a range of global Black issues.

The conference featured town halls on the state of Black people across the globe, an African marketplace, and culminated in an award ceremony honoring dynamic pan-African leaders on Saturday night.

Dr. Julius Garvey, son of the great Pan-African humanitarian, remarked on organizing in the 21st century: “To connect us globally, we have to master ourselves and master the technology. We can shape the future with the systems that we create. We have to do it… Yes, we can.”

“I’ve been on this journey for well over a half-century,” said Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, in the closing Ndaba; “The one thing that became clear is that Black people, if we are going to succeed, we need to embrace each other. We must put the movement in conversation with itself. We are each other’s best teachers, and you saw that here at the conference.”

IBW21 SOBWCV April 2023 - Dr. Ron Daniels and Hon PJ Patterson

SOBWCV April 2023 – Dr. Ron Daniels and Hon PJ Patterson

In attendance this weekend were notable figures including Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson from Jamaica; Sen. Dorina Hernandez Palomino of Colombia, Amb. David Comissiong of Barbados, all of whom received IBW’s Legacy Award; LaTosha Brown, Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter; #METOO Movement Founder Tarana Burke.

Featured image: SOBWCV April 2023 – Darnia Hernandez Palomino


IBW21 (The Institute of the Black World 21st Century) is committed to enhancing the capacity of Black communities in the U.S. and globally to achieve cultural, social, economic and political equality and an enhanced quality of life for all marginalized people.