"For the Liberation of African Peoples Everywhere: Somalia, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Haiti, the Americas and throughout the World"
The Organization Us will hold its 47th Annual African Liberation Day celebration Monday, May 25, 5-7 pm at the African American Cultural Center, 3018 W 48th St, Los Angeles. This year's theme is "For the Liberation of African Peoples Everywhere: Somalia, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Haiti, the Americas and throughout the World." The program includes speeches, statements of solidarity, and cultural expressions. A special pre-celebration fundraising dinner will be held at the center from 3:30-5pm.
Established in 1963 at the founding conference of the Organization of African Unity (now African Union), African Liberation Day is recognized and instituted in Los Angeles by The Organization Us as a time for celebration and solidarity as well as political education and organization among all African peoples in the Diaspora and on the Continent. Writing on the deep and enduring meaning of African Liberation Day, Dr. Maulana Karenga, chair of the Organization Us says, "Indeed, African liberation is both a personal and social practice of struggle against ourselves and the oppressor, a self- and social transformation in and thru struggle that frees the mind, strengthens the will and leads us to come forth without being called, to serve without calling it sacrifice, and to struggle unceasingly until freedom is so palpable that the masses of people can hold it in their hands and forge out of it any future they want in the most dignity-affirming and life-enhancing ways."
Distinguished panelists and speakers invited to address critical issues of African life and liberation are: Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor, Africana Studies, CSU Long Beach; Dr. Munashe Furasa, Zimbabwe, chair, Africana Studies, CSU Dominguez Hills; Atty. Nana Gyamfi, Ghana, lawyer/activist and director of Human Rights Advocacy; Dr. Lewis E. Logan II, co-founder, RUACH Christian Community Fellowship, Los Angeles; Prof. Amen Rahh, Professor Emeritus, Africana Studies, CSU Long Beach; Ms. Mollie Bell,
noted community activist; Rev. Thembekila Smart, pastor, Christ Liberation Ministry; Mr. Emmanuel Louis, Haitian national; Ms Ejiro Okoro, pres. Africana Studies Student Assoc., CSU Long Beach, and Mr. Kokayi Kwa-Jitahidi, lead political organizer, Families for Community Safety Campaign. Rev. Meri Ka Ra, senior minister, KRST Unity Center will perform libation in honor of the ancestors. There will be cultural expressions by Mr. Tsepo Mabowe, founder of Shaluza Boot Dancers and Mr. Kojo Rikondja, chair, Senu Society (Us).
A suggested donation is requested for the pre-celebration dinner and proceeds go toward maintaining programs at the African American Cultural Center. Reservations are required.
For more information and to RSVP for dinner, please call the Organization Us at (323) 299-6124 or visit www.Us-Organization.org.