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The cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Julius Garvey, BSc’57, MDCM’61, has lived a storied life—and a new fund for medical students at McGill will celebrate those contributions.

An agent of change

By News & Current Affairs

The cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Julius Garvey, BSc’57, MDCM’61, has lived a storied life—and a new fund for medical students at McGill will celebrate those contributions. By Diana Kwon, McGill University — Julius Garvey, BSc’57, MDCM’61, was one of the first physicians to land in Haiti after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. The violent tremors that shook the Caribbean nation had demolished homes, crippled infrastructure, and left behind a horrific…

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General Assembly: High-level Meeting to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (Closing Plenary)

UN General Assembly: Reparations, racial justice and equality for people of African descent

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

General Assembly: High-level Meeting to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (Closing Plenary) In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA) the UN General Assembly held a high-level meeting on Sept. 22, 2021 at the level of Heads of States and Governments on the theme, “Reparations, Racial Justice and Equality for…

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September 2021 Africa-CARICOM Summit Communique

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History was made on September 7th 2021, when the inaugural Africa-CARICOM Summit was held virtually under the theme ‘Unity Across Continents and Oceans: Opportunities for Deepening Integration’. The meeting, which was delayed a year due to the pandemic, aimed at ‘Promoting closer collaboration between Africa Diaspora, People of African Descent and the Caribbean and Pacific region and institutions.’ Communique

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The first Africa/CARICOM Summit was a truly historical event.

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Don Rojas — It was an idea whose time had come. On Tuesday, September 5 this idea took material form at the first Africa/CARICOM Summit conducted virtually and broadcast to the world via the Web and social media. Participants at the historical event included heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community and the African Union, chairs of Caricom and the African Union Commission, the Africa Regional Economic…

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Rep. Barbara Lee introduces a Congressional Resolution on the UN’s Decade for People of African Descent

By Editors' Choice

Rep. Barbara Lee — Whereas the International Day for People of African Descent will be celebrated for the first time on 31 August 2021; Whereas the United Nations has created this observance via resolution 75/170 in an effort to “promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent”; Whereas the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024…

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Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta holding hands before he left the island after a three-day official visit in 2019.

First CARICOM/Africa Summit in September

By News & Current Affairs

Bridgetown, Barbados – The first ever Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-African Summit will take place virtually on September 7. Informed CARICOM sources, confirming the date, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that “what is now being finalised is the agenda” for the summit. The sources said that among the speakers at the opening ceremony, scheduled for 8.00 am (Eastern Caribbean time) will be CARICOM chairman and Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston…

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Kehinde Andrews

UK’s First Black Studies Professor Calls on African Diaspora to Unite

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As Black and African people, our power is in organizing ourselves globally, says Black radical scholar Kehinde Andrews. By Lamont Lilly, Truthout — As Black Lives Matter continues to flourish in the United States and beyond, many activists within the movement are calling for renewed internationalism and collaboration among people across the African Diaspora. In this exclusive interview, author, activist and Black radical scholar Kehinde Andrews issues the call: “We…

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Statement from a Coalition of Pan African Organizations on the War in Ethiopia

By Commentaries/Opinions, News & Current Affairs, PAUD Posts

By the United African Congress — We are deeply disturbed by the escalation of violence following the declaration of war on the regional state of Tigray by PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia on November 4, 2020. We are New York-based Pan African advocacy and humanitarian organizations representing the interest of Africa and Africans in the Diaspora in the U.S. and worldwide. This conflict has the potential of spiraling uncontrollably into…

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From Left to Right: Photo by Jessica Simmonds; Photo Courtesy of Dash Harris Machado; Javier Wallace by Sarmia Osbourne

For Some Black People, The Term ‘Latinx’ Is Another Form of Erasure

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Black diasporans discuss the ways the label can be overly broad—and leave out an important part of their identities. By Janel Martinez, Vice — For many Black people, their identification with Latinx identity is complicated—the term, meant to be all-inclusive, has the exact opposite effect. Though Black and Indigenous Latin Americans have contributed significantly to Latinx culture (think musical genres like rumba, tango, and reggaetón, to name a few, or the masterful creations…

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Romeline Moreau, left, and Kayla Sergeant studied the African diaspora while in high school in Brooklyn. Both say the Advanced Placement program helped focus their career plans.

New College Board curriculum puts the African diaspora in the spotlight

By News & Current Affairs

The Advanced Placement program could elevate Black studies in high schools nationwide. By Erik Gleibermann, Washington Post — As the country grapples with issues raised by the emerging racial justice movement, the influential College Board is launching an ambitious national curriculum on race with an Advanced Placement program on the African diaspora. Given AP’s importance on high school transcripts and in college admissions, the program has the potential to make…

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Mel Foote, President of the Washington DC, based Constituency for Africa

CFA President Mel Foote — Africa Has Not Been A Priority Region For The Trump Administration

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President Trump really has not had any discernible agenda for Africa, says Mel Foote. By Ajong Mbapndah L, Pan African Vision — Very little has been done by President Trump in articulating and fostering a concise African policy, says Mel Foote, President of the Washington DC, based Constituency for Africa. In addition to not paying a visit to Africa in his first term, the President’s utterances and actions have not…

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