Africa Now January 28, 2015 Malcolm X in the Context of World History

Topic: A Prequel to Black History: Remembering Malcolm X in the Context of World History.    As you know February is fast approaching and it is the time of the year the we hear snippets of interestingly Black historical facts.  Often times this facts do not provide a clear insight into the breadth and breadth of contributions from people of African descent.  Moreover, it is a time where we see a clear delineation between Africa and the Diaspora particularly Afro-descendant peoples here in the U.S.  We often forget that the historical experience of Afro-descendant populations are global in scope and interconnected with the sociopolitical and cultural experiences of continental Africa.  While Black is used to denote a monolithic conceptualization of everything non-White it is usually singularity applied to refer to Afro-American.

While there is a historical trajectory that shows that Black was appropriated to mean something positive…as seen throughout the Afro-American experience in the U.S…however, it must not be lost that this process of reclamation intended purpose was to root or find continuities with communities of Africans and Afro-descendants across the world.   

·        1960 was considered to be the year of Africa

·        December 18 2009, the UN General Assembly proclaimed January 1, 2011 to be the Year of African Descent

·        On December 23 2013, the UN general assembly proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent commencing 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 December 2024, with the theme “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development”.

Featured: Mr. A. Peter Bailey--an acclaimed Journalist, Author, and Lecturer. He was a founding member of The Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), organized in 1964 by Malcolm X.  Bailey was editor of the OAAU newsletter, Blacklash.  He was one of the last few persons to speak with Malcolm X on the day of his assassination (February 21, 1965) and served as one of the pallbearers at his funeral.  He has contributed to numerous books, articles, and documentaries about the celebrated leader.

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