African Remembrance Day - 22nd July 2006 - Hackney Town Hall
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Posted 24 June 2006 - 07:59 AM
African Remembrance Day
Saturday 22 July ‘06 | 12pm – 7pm @ Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, London, E8
As the British media continue their onslaught against the African identity with its attempts to divide us into ‘blacks’ and Africans or ‘slaves’ and ‘slave sellers’, several African organisations remain focused on working towards repairing the destructive legacy of the Maafa both in the UK and back at home. Around this time last year, Bob Geldof and his fellow ‘liberalists’ were gearing up to put on a huge event for europeans, by europeans alleged aimed at helping African people. The event was criticised by many as a publicity stunt and a futile, if not insulting gesture. Those criticisms certainly ring true a year later when the lasting legacy of Live 8 seems to be a return to cultural, economic and political complacency by western governments and their respective nations. As has always been the case, African organisations continue to work towards the empowerment of Africa and her people irrespective of what is fashionable in the mainstream media. We continue to set our own agenda, on our own terms.
On Saturday 22 July 2006, the Ligali and Insaka organisations will be hosting African Remembrance Day at Hackney Town Hall in London. This event was organised by the African British community for the African British community illustrating that we can and do take our own self-determination and empowerment into our own hands. It will be a day of positive edutainment dedicated to remembering our ancestors who have fought and died for self-determination, justice and social revolution and the African people and culture lost through enslavement, colonialism and racism. Last year’s event was a huge success with a particularly high turn out. We would therefore advise you to register for the event if you plan to attend. Admission is free although donations are welcome.
This day of remembrance is not framed by or limited to the european enslavement of African people. Whilst African history includes the injustice and travesty of enslavement, there are substantial and significant elements of our history that have occurred beyond this era and it is essential and respectful that the people and culture outside this aspect of history are also acknowledged and remembered. Remembrance is an on-going necessity and integral to the progression of African people and culture. African Remembrance Day fuses remembrance with the future by reminding us of our past in order to form practical solutions for the ways forward.
Features of the event
The Maafa (Part 1) – Presented by the Ligali organisation
A hard-hitting documentary exploring the legacy of the enslavement and colonisation of Africa and her people
Burning an Illusion – Directed by Menelik Shabazz
A groundbreaking film set in the early 1980’s following the cultural, social and political transformation of a young African British woman in London
Blood Ah Go Run – Directed by Menelik Shabazz
shaka, Tuggstar and Vuka Afrika
A three minute silence in remembrance of the victims of enslavement, colonialism and racism. We also pay tribute to the ancestors who fought and died for self-determination, justice and social revolution.
Interactive Panel Debates
Are Africans Beautiful? Challenging eurocentric ideals of beauty
Family Forum: Supporting single parent families
Maafa 2007: Setting the African agenda
Remittance: Giving back to Africa (The AFFORD organisation)
Adoption and Fostering in the African community
Making a Difference (Hearts to Africa organisation)
The Pan African Ribbon of Remembrance, Unity and Self-Determination
The Pan African Ribbon of African Remembrance, Unity and Self-Determination symbolises the need to build on the past legacy of resistance against the historical and ongoing Maafa. It also represents the need for the cultural, political, economic and social unity of African people in our present day in order to advance our dreams and enable self determination for our futures. The Ribbon will be available for purchase at the African Remembrance Day event. Proceeds from the sale of the Ribbon at this event will go towards supporting the work of the Ligali and Insaka organisations.
Further information about the event can be obtained from www.africanremembrance.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ligali organisation www.ligali.org
Insaka Movement for Africanisation www.insaka.org
African Remembrance Day is supported by Cyber Kitchen, New Nation and HCVS.
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