Thursday, May 21, 2009

All Roads Lead to Juneteenth 2009

The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America
Media Alert
Contact: Njere Alghanee, NCC
ncobrakazi@yahoo.com
404/587-2709

Atlanta, GA. NCOBRA, the National Coalition of Black for Reparations in America will convene its 20th Annual Conference in commemoration of Juneteenth (June 19, 1865), which became a celebration of jubilee for the enslaved Africans when the public notice of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 was finally delivered two years after it was proclaimed as an ending to slavery by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.

Just as this proclamation of emancipation was to end slavery 146 years ago, today the residual effects of the past still plague modern day Africans born in America, who are the Afro- descendants that continue to experience disparities in education, health care, wealth / poverty, criminal punishment and human rights. “ As history is doomed to repeat itself ” , the debt of human respect, residual profits, and constitutional justice is due to the populations Afro-descendants who continue to languish on the bottom rungs of society in what is recognized as the ‘ most powerful nation in the world, the United States of America’.

Over 20 years ago, NCOBRA resurged a movement to revitalize the work of many Afro-descendants to demand reparations for the ’ genocidal war against Africans that created the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, chattel slavery, Jim Crow, lynching, inhumanities, exploitation of racism, and economic discrimination imposed upon our people past and present. Meanwhile, recognizing that the reparations movement has experienced ebbs and flows, NCOBRA nevertheless is gearing up to approach the United States government in these progressive political times with steadfast determination to win reparations through continuing to educate , mobilize , and empower our people at conferences, community based forums, media consortiums, and mass protests.

The theme of this year’s conference is “ “ Freedom! Reparations! Equality! Respect! , which echoes the battle cry of generations of Africans who were subjected to the longest crime against humanity in the history of mankind. Plans include: National Youth Leadership Summit; The Sankofa Experience; Inter-generational Empowerment Workshops for Action Planning; Plenaries; Panels; Rallies and Cultural and Spiritual Tributes. Invited presenters and Guests include: Baba Hannibal Afrik, Atty. Adjoa Aiyetoro; Dr. Marimba Ani, Alvin Brown, Joyce Ann Brown, Rep. John Conyers, Atty. Mawuli Davis, Dr. Joy DeGruy-Leary, Aty Kweku Duren, Bog Money Griff, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Bro. Keidi of WLIB, Min Akbar Muhammad, Bro Ashahed Muhammad, Bro. Thomas Muhammad, Baba Kalonji Olusegun, Atty Deadria Farmer Paellman, Atty Rose Sanders, Atty Malik Zulu Shabazz, Baba Atty Dudley Thompson, Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Dr. Conrad Worrill, Baba Obadele Williams, Brothas Keepa, FTP ( Free the People), MXGRM ( Malcolm X Grassroots Movement), NBPP ( New Black Panther Party) New Black Panther Vanguard, Youth Views and Youth Speak Truth of WRFG Radio ( Radio Free Georgia) World African Diaspora Union ( WADU)+ Elected Officials, and local Dallas, Texas activists.

This 20th Annual Conference will take place in Dallas, Texas at the Mount Tabor Family Life Center- 3700 Simpson Stuart Road, 75241 ( Across the street from Paul Quinn College). The “ Sankofa Experience” will take place on Juneteenth (6/19/09) at a historically preserved site and will re-enact the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, including the chattel era, auction blocks, and other horrific incidents experienced during the ‘Maafa’.

Media Check-in begins on Friday, June 19, 2009 at 10:00 AM. Contact : Sis. Njere Alghanee, NCOBRA National Co-Chair for more alerts, details. and interviews with presenters
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