African diaspora summit set for Jamaica

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African Diaspora Summit set for Jamaica by Minister P.D. Menelik Harris, 
Diaspora Coordinating Committees
Wednesday, 04 July 2007

Join the delegation of African veteran leaders, intellectuals, activists, faith leaders, entrepreneurs, dignitaries and students in the 2007 Pan Afrikan Movement (PAM) Summit at the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, on July 11-18. Honoring his father, Dr. Julius Garvey is heading to Jamaica to push unification of the Diaspora. The great Marcus Garvey planted the hope of Pan Afrikanism in Black America, advocating, in the words of Dr. John Henrik Clarke, “that Africans control the wealth of Africa.”

The theme of the 2007 summit is “Political Determination – for Cultural and Economic Rebirth.” Some of the key goals are to 1) Build a political structure for an African Diaspora Union as part of establishing a sixth region of a unified African continent; 2) organize cultural campaigns and institutions for African people to promote African values, heritage, history and spirituality; and 3) promote economic initiatives for businesses, trade and commerce amongst Africans in the Diaspora and Africa.

The 2007 PAM Summit is a continuation of the 2006 summit at Clarke Atlanta University in Atlanta. At the 2006 summit, Dr. Leonard Jeffries proclaimed that we are “participating in the building … of an African World Community,” and Elombe Brath added that the 2006 summit was a “historic Pan African gathering to establish a principled and revolutionary position to help prevent the re-colonization of Africa.”  Wilbert Gwashavanhu of the embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the African Union pointed to the Diaspora “to redouble your interests and commitment to African liberation.” Other key leaders and participants were Professor James Small, Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU); Dr. Shelby Lewis, advisor and consultant on Africa; Dr. Asa Hilliard, Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC); Charles Barron, a former Black Panther, now a New York City Council member; Joe Beasley, RainbowPush Coalition and Africa Ascension; Traditional High Priest Wande Abimbola, Nigeria; Cardinal Mbuyi Chui, Shrine of the Black Madonna, Pan African Orthodox Christian Church; Njeri Algahnee, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBRA) and the Rastafari Movement; Dr. Jewel Crawford, Global African Congress; Joe Kumasi, WHADN/PAOC; Prince Rahm, African Hebrew Israelites; attorney Mzee Tate, Concerned Black ,Clergy; and Minister Akbar Muhammad, Nation of Islam, representing Minister Louis Farrakhan, who is also sending him to the 2007 summit.

The summit in Jamaica is also the celebration of the 107th anniversary of the first Pan African Conference and Congress in July 1900 in England. The 1900 conference was the first bold attempt by Pan Africanists to build a blueprint for a global coordinated movement for the liberation and reunification of Africans. The 1900 conference was also a response to the 1885 Berlin Conference, where European imperialist powers formed an alliance to coordinate their military, economic and cultural campaign to counter Arab interests in Africa for Europe’s complete political control of African people and Africa’s resources.

The primary goal stated at the 1900 Pan African Conference was to “protect Africa from the depredations of empire builders.” Initiated by attorney Sylvester Williams of Trinidad, it was supported by those like Benito Sylvain, Haiti; Emperor Menelik, Ethiopia; W.E.B. Dubois, USA; Henry Cargill, Jamaica; Tengo Javabu, South Africa; Bishop McNeil Turner, USA; Majola Agbebi, Nigeria; and Booker T. Washington, USA. The conference was instrumental in influencing the building of such organizations and movements such as the NAACP, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the Pan African Congresses, the Ethiopian World Federation, the Rastafari Movement, the Nation of Islam, the All African Conferences, African and Caribbean independence movements, CARICOM, the Organization of African Unity and now the African Union (AU). This July, the AU is attempting to revisit the original call by Marcus Garvey and later Kwame Nkrumah for a united states of Africa.

Finally, the Pan Afrikan Movement Summit in Jamaica is a continuation of the recent work of Dr. John Henrik Clarke, whose prophetic warning calls for Africans to unite around the vision of “Pan Africanism or Perish,” and the late Del “Kuntu” Jones, who urged the 2006 summit organizers “not to compromise our struggle for unity in the midst of white terror.”

We are also encouraged by the words of His Excellency Apha Oumar Konare, chair of the African Union Commission, that the African leaders at the 2006 AU Summit should “act as real Pan Africanists driven by the true Pan African nationalism” and the overall initiatives of the African Union to re-integrate the Diaspora as part of a continent-wide system.

Some of the key conveners and participants of the 2007 summit in Jamaica will be His Excellency Dr. Dudley Thompson, former ambassador and attorney for President Jomo Kenyatta and participant of the Fifth Pan African Congress; Nana Norma Yaa Farika, former official Diaspora delegate to the Sixth Pan African Congress and and organizer of the Seventh Pan African Congress; Dr. Tony Martin, UNIA leader, scholar and veteran Pan Africanist of Trinidad; Elombe Brath of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition and the December 12th  Movement; Dr. Leonard Jeffries, ASCAC; Professor James Small, OAAU; Mama Sybil Clarke, wife of late Dr. John Henrik Clarke; Mama Viola Plummer, leader of the December 12th Movement; and other leaders representing the African Union; the Caribbean nations (CARICOM) and Afrikan communities from across the Diaspora.

The Summit in Jamaica begins on July 11 and will include African pilgrimages, rallies, excursions and “groundings” throughout Jamaica to promote the integration of the African Diaspora with Africa. The conference and plenary sessions will begin on July 16-18 to shape and make decisions on the future of African people.
To participate or support the summit, contact us at (404) 527-7756, 

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