Africa in the Americas: Colonization Yesterday/Apartheid Today/Liberation Tomorrow
ARAAC EEUU’s first event held in Atlanta on February 9th, 2017 was also its official regional introduction with various organizations involved in the African liberation movement in attendance.
The event was supported by various organization, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, N'Cobra, African Association of Georgia, WRFG 89.3 FM, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Aya Educational Institute, AUC Robert Woodruff Library, Kennesaw State University and a host of activists and educators across the generation spectrum.
This colloquium reviewed African people's historical legacy, victories of the past and challenges for the future in the Abibiman Maa (i.e. African Diaspora) of Brazil, Haiti, Panama, USA, Venezuela, and all throughout the hemisphere linking the resistance between police killings in Baltimore and Brazil and the land struggles from Columbia to Honduras.
The panel and grounding sessions also addressed African Descendant's liberation struggles against the settler right wing colonial and Apartheid conditions in the Americas such as (identity, racism, sexism, police killings, and enslavement through incarceration).
ARAAC EEUU speakers urged the formation of a clear African identity that is not reaching or waiting for the approval of a white colonized Latino (Eurocentric) perspective.
The space also highlighted the need to make a deeper connection to self as Africans and to our common history of struggle and victory; that our African identity is both our essence and destiny.
Founding members of ARAAC EEUU focused on the journey of Africans in this region and the need to be included in an agenda for liberation for all Africans. In the end, we were all reminded that the process of Nationbuilding requires the adoption of an African worldview of the term Community, one the pulls from all corners of the Diaspora (e.g. from Bahia, Brazil to Baltimore, Maryland and from Compton, California to Cupey Bajo, Puerto Rico).
The colloquium moved in the spirit of self-preservation and self determination. Nationalbuilding as process of Black Liberation is fundamental to the empowerment of African people across the Americas.
What does African liberation looks like in the Americas? It looks better than ever.
In the words of Marcus Garvey, We will Accomplish What We WILL.
We are the Abibiman Mma (African Diasopora)!