Return to the Source: The Fundamentals of Working Towards Community Activism

 The Cabral/Truth Circle: Film/Book Discussion on Africa and the African Diaspora

Monday, February 6, 2012, 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.

“Culture, whatever the ideological or idealist characteristics of its expression, is thus an essential element of the history of a people.” – Amilcar Cabral

Film: The Cabral/Truth Circle on February 6 will feature the documentary film, Amilcar Cabral by Ana Luisa Ramos, which chronicles the life and political leadership of Amilcar Cabral in his struggle for the independence of Cape Verde islands and Guinea Bissau in the 1960s through the early 1970s.  In honor of the inception of the Cabral/Truth Circle, six years ago, TransAfrica returns to the source in looking back to Cabral as an inspiration for the key components for reaching out to the wider community in an effort to learn about “our” self (Africa and the Diaspora) and turn that knowledge into action.

Book featured: Return to the Source: Selected Speeches by Amilcar Cabral (available for purchase at Busboys and Poets) 

For more information: 202.223.1960 ext. 137 or email

The Cabral/Truth Circle is named in honor of Amilcar Cabral and Sojourner Truth. Amilcar Cabral was one of Africa's most successful and thoughtful leaders. He led the anti-colonialism movement in Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. Sojourner Truth petitioned the government and won back her five-year-old son who had been sold illegally. She spent the rest of her days traveling throughout the country encouraging the debate to end slavery and the creation of a peaceful society.

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.