As we prepare for the next Pan-African Roundtable on March 14, we thought it may be useful to share the Panel Questions and Video content from the first PAR on February 7th.
It featured brilliant Panelists including, Chad Brown (ADOS), Dr. David Horne (Emeritus Professor) Ndindi Kitonga (Co-Founder Angeles Workshop School), Nana Gyamfi (Executive Director of BAJI – Black Alliance for Just Immigration) and Fawaz Adekeye (Student at SMC). Their guidance provided for a riveting discussion that led to several contributions and questions from the audience.
See below for the video content that was shared as well as the Panel Questions that were asked. In Part 2 of the Pan African Roundtable, we’ll revisit some of these questions and dive into more that were unanswered.
Panel Questions 1:
1. Identity & Relations: What’s the evidence to support the idea that Afro-Continentals and Afro-Diasporans are essentially similar or dissimilar?
2. Depressed Material Conditions & Experiences: What evidence indicates that Afro-Continentals/Afro Diasporans have essentially common or different conditions and experiences.
The discussion quickly became engaging as the panelists shared their varying perspectives regarding Black identity, nationalism, as well as how Africans themselves view their identity in relation to their respective country or their ethnic group. The discussion brought up very deep points regarding the ways in which WE, as Black folk, have been defined and ‘recasted’ by white men according to their definition of us and their conquests in colonialism. The ‘countries’ they have drawn out in Africa are not originally how our ancestors communed. Do we continue to define ourselves, when we are amongst each other, through these same definitions?
Panel Questions 2:
1. Afro-Immigration in Focus: National born Blacks are the minority in Europe and the Continental U.S. Can including Black immigrants (to such countries) in the national Black numbers boost Black political power?
2. Means to Empowerment: What qualifies as meaningful improvement of material & experiential conditions of Afro-descendant peoples?
3. Reparations in Focus: Who owes whom what? How do we determine this and why or why wouldn’t a unified demand for reparations by descendants of those groups be appropriate?
At our next PAR, we will continue this riveting discussion and dive deeper into these issues. If you weren’t able to attend the first one, please watch and share these videos so that you can be engaged in the next PAR!
Don’t miss it. The next Pan African Round Table is scheduled for March 14, 2020 at the AFIBA Center.
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