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‘Our Door of Return’ African Diaspora Economic Forum

‘Our Door of Return’ African Diaspora Economic Forum

By News & Current Affairs

This year 2019 is significant as it marks 400 years since the first documented ship anchored the shores of America with chained slaves. Since they left through the Door of No Return, there is a mobilisation of African Americans to connect with Africa, through the Door of Our Return. Collaboration with the Diaspora in private sector, government, civil society is key in mobilising and sharing knowledge, expertise, technologies and economic…

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Slave Descendant - Illustration by Ojima Abalaka

The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality

By Reparations

Slavery existed among the Igbo long before colonization, and accelerated with the transatlantic trade. Today, slave descendants still retain the stigma of their ancestors. By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker — On a sunny morning in November, 2018, twelve men and two women gathered in a lavishly furnished living room in Oguta, a town in southeastern Nigeria, with the air-conditioning at full blast. They had come to discuss the caste…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Us, Culture and Struggle: Ultimately Engaged and Achieved on the Ground

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — This is a sankofa retrieval of thoughts on an anniversary past that still reveals positions and principles as relevant and real as rain in monsoon season. And it is reflective of the deep and enduring commitment we of Us have to the priority of our people, opposition to our oppressor and oppression, and to a communitarian African way of life and thus to the unfinished…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Africa, Our Moral Ideal: Radical Reasoning About Ourselves and Our Culture

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — On this the 54th anniversary of our coming into being, September 7, 1965, as the organization Us, we look back on the long, difficult, dangerous and demanding road we’ve travelled. It is a journey of liberation in thought and practice that began with radical reasoning about ourselves and our culture. It involved rightfully raising Africa as our moral ideal, setting ourselves at the center of…

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Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe and the Fate of Democracy in Africa

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Robin Wright, The New Yorker — In a commemorative interview on his ninety-third birthday, in 2017, Robert Mugabe, who was President of Zimbabwe at the time, reflected on his new American counterpart. “When it comes to Donald Trump, on the one hand talking of American nationalism, well, America for America, America for Americans—on that we agree,” he told state television. “Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans.” The two men were wildly different in many ways,…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Us Reminiscing at Half Century and Four: The Architecture of Our Work and Will

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — On this our 54th anniversary, I remember and raise up the momentous marking of our 50th anniversary. I said then and reaffirm now with four added years this. September 7 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of our organization Us, the introduction of the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and Kawaida philosophy), and the establishment of the African American Cultural Center….

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Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwe president, dies aged 95

By News & Current Affairs

Final years in power were characterised by financial collapse, violent intimidation and vicious power struggle. By Jason Burke and David Smith, The Guardian — Robert Mugabe, the deeply divisive former president of Zimbabwe, was declared a “national hero” by the ruling Zanu-PF party on Friday, as preparations for his funeral got under way in the nation he ruled with an iron first for almost 40 years. The death of the…

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CFA and NAARC Present a Special Ron Brown Series Forum: Engaging Africa in the Global Reparations Movement

CFA and NAARC Present a Special Ron Brown Series Forum: Engaging Africa in the Global Reparations Movement

By Events, NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

What: The Constituency for Africa (CFA), Mel Foote, President and The National African America Reparations Commission (NAARC), Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener Present A Special Ron Brown Series Forum “Engaging Africa in the Global Reparations Movement”.  Presentations by African Ambassadors, Members of the National African American Reparations Commission and Leaders from the Continental African Diaspora. Keynote Speaker, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor, University of the West Indies and Chairman, CARICOM Reparations…

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R. Drew Smith Professor, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Co-Convener, Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race

400th Year Remembrances of Slavery Should Prompt Renewed Attention to U.S.-Africa Policies

By Commentaries/Opinions

By R. Drew Smith Professor, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Co-Convener, Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race With 2019 regarded by many as marking 400 years since the beginnings of African enslavement on the North American continent, the costs and consequences of that historic atrocity and the case for reparations for descendants of slavery have been receiving considerable attention. It is crucial there be a serious accounting of slavery, including a financial…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Holocaust, Haiti, Ferguson and Watts: Honoring Our People Through Struggle

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — The month of August for our people is a special month, full and overflowing with commemorations of our awesome march and movement through human history in our ongoing quest for freedom, justice, expanded human good and the sustained well-being of the world. This year and month mark the 400th year of our brutal insertion in this country, enslaved and in resistance. And so, we must…

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