Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of The African Diaspora

TransAfrica at Busboys and Poets--The Cabral/Truth Circle Film/Book Discussion on Africa and the African Diaspora presents Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora

Monday, November 7, 2011 6:00-8:00pm

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW (14th and V Streets), Washington, DC

 

 “If we are going to forge a 21st century movement for peace and justice, we must first understand the plight of our brethren around the world. The Cabral/Truth Circles are designed to educate and then motivate our community to take action against tyranny, racism, and all forms of war.”

--Nicole Lee, President, TransAfrica

 

The Cabral/Truth Circle is a combination of a great film festival and an exciting book club that focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora. The Circle, named after Amilcar Cabral and Sojourner Truth, focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora through a film screening and highlighting of a complementary book. Every other month, TransAfrica shows a short documentary and hosts a discussion linking history and current affairs, and encouraging individual and collective activism.

 

The next Cabral/Truth Circle on November 7, 2011 will continue its focus on the International Year for People of African Descent.  The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent.  As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay declared, “This International Year offers a unique opportunity to redouble our efforts to fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance that affect people of African descent everywhere.”  The declaration is a call for the need for People of African Descent to have “full enjoyment of economic, cultural, social, civil and political rights, their participation and integration in all political, economic, social and cultural aspects of society, and the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage and culture.”  Dr. Sheila Walker will discuss the presence and contributions of African peoples in the Americas with aide of her critically acclaimed documentary Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of The African Diaspora.

 

Panelist: Dr. Sheila Walker, Executive Director of Afrodiaspora, Inc., a non-profit organization that is designed to educate the public about the global African Diaspora. Dr. Walker is an anthropologist who has written extensively on the cultures of African people worldwide.

 

Film:  Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora--This eye-opening documentary examines the African Diaspora, from the violent scattering of African people away from their continent of origin to their contemporary participation in a global community. The film focuses on the enormous, although largely unacknowledged, contributions of Africans and their descendants to the wealth and power of the Americas, and portrays elements of African culture that characterize everyday life throughout the Americas today. Dr. Sheila Walker’s discovery of her own heritage in Africa led her to seek out "scattered Africa" in the Americas, and to bring together leaders of African Diasporan communities to discover their common heritage.

 

Book featured: African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas by Sheila Walker.

 

The venue is Busboys and Poets, one of the most exciting establishments in the Washington area.  Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore and gathering place for people who believe that social justice and peace are attainable goals. 

 

Admission is free, but space is limited. We encourage you to have dinner with us and change the world. For more information contact 202.223.1960 ext 137 or email info@transafrica.org.