Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 06:27:32 -0500
Sender: The African Global Experience <AGE-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Marpessa Kupendua <nattyreb@IX.NETCOM.COM>
Subject: !*Africans on the Move/The Nkrumaist
Africans on the Move
From the Nkrumaist, by Sis. Marpessa Kupendua
19 February 1998
WHY SHOULD AFRICANS BORN AND RAISED OUTSIDE
OF AFRICA, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES,
STRUGGLE FOR PAN-AFRICANISM?
Malcolm X clearly
understood the connection between Africans in the diaspora and
Africans in Africa. On December 12, 1964, he stated: "When the
African continent in its independence is able to create the unity
that's necessary to increase its strength and its position on this
earth, so that Africa too becomes respected as other huge
continents are respected, then, wherever people of African origin,
African heritage or African blood go, they will be respected -- but
only when and because they have something much larger that looks
like them behind them."
HOW WILL PAN-AFRICANISM CHANGE THE LIVES OF
Pan-Africanism will mean:
A whole continent with all of its natural resources truly owned
and controlled by African people for the benefit of its people, even
those in the diaspora; these natural resources used to prevent
starvation and disease; infant mortality; these resources used to
promote humanism, collectivism, and egalitarianism.
An African government where the people govern themselves
within a "true" democracy.
A proud African people returned to their rightful place in
history; respecting themselves and accepting nothing less from
A social system with equal access for women as well as men;
satisfying the needs of both women and men; allowing both women
and men to grow and develop to their fullest potential.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF STUDENTS IN THE AFRICAN
A worldwide look throughout history will reveal the crucial
involvement of students in sparking positive changes. Their
success is due to the unique position that they hold in society.
With their exposure to wide-ranging information and their access
to educational tools and resources, students are able to develop an
understanding of the world still lacking among the masses.
Students, too, are in a unique position because they, for the most
part, have not yet committed themselves to their career jobs.
Kwame Ture stated in an address entitled, "Education as a Tool
for Liberation," that the purpose of education is "to lead one out
of problems." Once armed with the educational tools and an
understanding of the problem as well as the solution, the student
is prepared to use her or his youthful energy to unite with others
and struggle against oppressive economic and political systems.
The African student, both continental and diasporal, have
left their mark on history with their involvement in the struggle to
liberate African people from various forms of oppression. In
South Africa, students sparked many of the fights against settler-
colonialism including the Soweto Uprising in 1960. In the United
States, student organizations such as SNCC were key in providing
people power for the various boycotts, protests, and
demonstrations that took place in the name of civil rights and
Black Power. The 1970's found students from Soweto to the Ivory
Coast, Madagascar and Senegal struggling on the African continent
against oppressive conditions both internal and external to the
Africans on the MOVE has an exciting 1998 calendar
available. Over the last 14 years, A.O.M. has consistently
produced an educational calendar that has helped to raise the
consciousness of the general public to the liberation struggle of
African people, worldwide. This year's theme is "AFRICA ON
FIRE!: REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLES IN THE AFRICAN
WORLD." This focus highlights the liberation struggles being
waged by African people in different parts of the world that the
major news mediums have chosen to ignore or distort relative to
the changes occurring in those areas. Consequently, A.O.M. once
again sought to call attention to topical areas that the African
community in particular and the mass of humanity in general
should gain a greater level of understanding about.
The calendar and "The Nkrumaist" are the major
components of A.O.M.'s economic development plan to raise seed
monies for the purpose of establishing a school in West Africa.
The calendar is a fundraising project towards meeting that goal.
Contact: Africans on the Move, P.O. Box
12040, Milwaukee, WI 53212; call (414) 374-5408;
Africans on the Move (A.O.M.) is a non-profit organization
that seeks to heighten the consciousness of all people, especially
people of African descent, to the richness of the history and
culture of African people.
Submitted by: Sis. Marpessa