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As natural subjects in the Africana Diaspora (MAAFA), we must always recognize the value in proclaiming the rich, and yet, greatly untold historicity of Mother Afrikan and the debilitating tribulations leading to the Africa MAAFA, the scattering, that coincidentally, forged a race of people with greater stamina, global and diverse cultures that have maintained vibrancy since primeval antiquity to the present-day. For too long, academia has allowed ubiquitous and prejudicial writings, mythical ideas and diabolical fables that Africa’s contributions to global progress have been very limited, and/or questionable, as if to say, if there were any humanitarian achievements or accomplishments what so ever, since to many, Africa remains that “Dark Continent.” Understanding that America has more than 45,000.000 citizens of African origin, and yet, the persistency of such inane ideas, practices and advocacies, gives sufficient reason to insist on the mandatory teachings, to some degree, of African Education in the public school systems across the nation.
Special Announcements and Upcoming Events:
The 12th Africa MAAFA Remembrance Day Conference, Saturday, October 14, 2023
The Sankofa African Heritage Awareness, Inc., a nonprofit presents the 12th Africa MAAFA Education Conference: America’s Apathy to African American Post Traumatic Enslavement and Jim Crow Disorders.
The conference will emphasize how 160 plus years after Reconstruction, including the Civil Rights Era of the sixties, have not been sufficient to completely extirpate the malignant and traumatic slave disorders in African American life due to the many persistent reminders.
Conference Speakers are: Dr. Edith Cook, Saratoga, WY, will speak on: Overcoming Societal Grief, and Self-inflicted Pain; Dr. Mohamed Salih, will speak on, Africa’s Pain, Hope and Fears of a repetitive 1884 Berlin Conference, Jaquale Brooks-Richardson, B.A., Colorado Springs, Colorado, will speak on, Navigating America’s Unyielding Racial Divisions and Duplicities, Dr. James W. Peebles, will speak on, “The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same.”
The conference will be held at Laramie County Community College, Union Pacific Rooms, 1400 East College Drive, Saturday, October 14, from 8:30am-11:50am. The event is free, including refreshments. A vendor sale of prominent Black Studies books will be available to purchase. For more information or special ADA arrangements, contact Jill Zarend at [email protected].
Plan Now to Attend: 11th Sankofa MAAFA Education Conference:
Doors open at 8:30am-noon, Saturday, October 8, Laramie County Community College, 1400 East College Drive, Union Pacific Rooms, the event is free, including refreshments, early morning coffee klatch; meet political candidates and 10:00am Brunch.
Public Education and the Great Divide: Race-Culture-White Supremacy
Three Education Forums to Assess:
“Deconstructing the Negro Question in the Age of Rising American Nationalism. The 1890, 1st Mohonk Conference on the Negro Question.
Dr. Frederick Douglass Dixon, Head of Black Studies Department, University of Wyoming, reappearing by popular demand.
Save Our Public Schools, “New Charter School’s tie-in to Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan- “Cheyenne Hills Christian Academy,”
Nate Breen, Former Wyoming State and Cheyenne Boards of Education.
“Notorious *Negrophobic Books That Escaped Public Banning–Why?” James Peebles, Founder and Director, Sankofa African Heritage Awareness, Inc.
The Clansman—The Willie Lynch Letter–The Slave (Negro) Bible–Ten Little (N) word Boys, a Mother Goose Nursey Rhyme “The Negro a Beast” or…In the Image of God”
Supporting sponsors include: LCCC’s Department of Student Engagement and Diversity, Think Wyoming Humanities Council and Visit Cheyenne, contact Jill Zarend at 307-635-7094 for more information.
9:00 a.m., Friday, February 15, AMISTAD a slaver traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839 carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on boar d, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinque, a tribal leader in Sierra Leone, Africa, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. They continue to sail, hoping to find their way back to Africa. Instead, they are misdirected and reach the United States and immediately imprisoned as runaway slaves. With hardly any knowledge of English, it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors. John Quincy Adams, an abolitionist lawyer, decides to take their case to the Supreme Court, arguing that they were free citizens of another country and not slaves and makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release. The case is a watershed moment for America-Spain relations, and reveals the political machinations as it holds repercussions on the North-South conflict eventually leading to America’s Civil War.” PG, 2hrs,35mins.
6:00 p.m., Saturday, February 16, BLACK PANTHER, A Marvel blockbuster and shock! The first black superhero to become the third-highest-grossing movie ever in the U.S. and brought in $1.35 billion Worldwide.
Black Panther – Synopsis Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
SHORT SHORTS: To be screened intermittently, if time allows:
The Darktown Revue, 1931, Directed by Oscar Micheaux. This film is one of the most outrageous Oscar Micheaux productions. A traditional minstrel show of broad comedy with chorale interludes typical of any film defining African American stage performances of that era.
Two Knights of Vaudeville, 1915, is a low-budget production in slapstick style. 11min. Ebony Film Cooperation, Chicago. Well known among black theatergoers, these fun-makers received favorable notices in the black press, particularly the Chicago Defender.
REV. S.S. JONES HOME MOVIES, 1924, 6 min. Amateur photographer Reverend Solomon Jones used his 16mm camera to capture candid glimpse of African American life in rural Oklahoma.
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