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TransAfrica is a research, education, and advocacy center dedicated to global justice for the African World. A center for activism focusing on conditions in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America and other parts of the African Diaspora, TransAfrica sponsors seminars, community awareness projects and training programs. These activities help promote alternative perspectives on the economic, political, and moral ramifications of U.S. foreign policy. TransAfrica disseminates information on issues of concern to the African World with various events in the Washington, DC metro area and beyond. 


One Struggle Many Fronts: U.S. Africa Environmental Justice Tour

US Africa Network, Howard University's Department of African Studies, and TransAfrica present "One Struggle Many Fronts: U.S. Africa Environmental Justice Tour" featuring African climate justice activists:

Mithika Mwenda (Kenya) one the Founders of the Pan Africa Justice Alliance (PACJA); and Emem Okon (Nigeria) Executive Director and Founder of the Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre

Date: March 21, 2014 7:00 - 9:00PM

Venue: Gallery, Howard University’s Blackburn Center, 2225 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20059

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TransAfrica's Readers' Corner featuring Dessa Rose

TransAfrica's Readers' Corner featuring Dessa Rose

The next regular meeting of TransAfrica’s Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library Readers’ Corner will be held Sunday, March 2, 2014 2:30 to 4:30 PM, Dessa Rose, by Sherley Anne Williams (1986, 2010, HarperCollins, 256; 1999 William Morrow Paperbacks 240 pp.)

Venue: Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street, NW, Conference Room 2, Washington, DC 20001, (Nearest Metro Station: Shaw-Howard University on Green and Yellow Lines R Street Entrance).

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TransAfrica and BloomScreen present Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle

TransAfrica and BloomScreen present Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle

Date: February 28, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Venue: BloomBars, 3222 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010

Suggested Donation: $10.

Join TransAfrica and BloomBars to celebrate February as African American History Month with the film Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle (1982, 58 min), by Paul Wagner.  Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle tells the untold story of the Pullman porters who organized America’s first Black trade union – the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

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2014 AFSCME/UNCF/Harvard Union Scholars Program

For more than a decade, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has partnered with the United Negro College Fund and the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program to offer students of color (including: African American, Hispanic American, Asian Pacific Islander American and American Indian/Alaskan Native) an opportunity to intern on an AFSCME organizing campaign and win scholarships for their remaining undergraduate education. When they graduate from college, Union Scholars can apply for entry level positions with AFSCME.

Do you know a sophomore or junior student of color who is interested in learning more about the labor movement? Please encourage them to visit the UNCF webpage and look for the Union Scholars Program.

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TransAfrica Readers’ Corner featuring African Perspectives on Colonialism

TransAfrica Readers’ Corner featuring  African Perspectives on Colonialism

The meeting of TransAfrica’s Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library Readers’ Corner will take place on Sunday, February 9, 2014 2:30 to 4:30 PM, African Perspectives on Colonialism, by A. Adu-Boahen (1989, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 144pp.).

Venue: Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street, NW, Conference Room 2, Washington, DC 20001, (Nearest Metro Station: Shaw-Howard University on Green and Yellow Lines R Street Entrance).

 

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TransAfrica and BloomScreen present Pièces d’identités (Pieces of Identity)

TransAfrica and BloomScreen present Pièces d’identités (Pieces of Identity)

Join TransAfrica and BloomBars at the presentation of Pièces d’identités (Pieces of Identity) (1998, 97 min, in French with English subtitles), by Mweze Ngangurao.  

Date: January 28, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Venue: BloomBars, 3222 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010

Suggested Donation: $10

Pièces d’identités is a fable of an old African king and his wayward daughter is updated to present day Brussels to make provocative points about racism, tradition, class struggle, cultural identity and corruption.

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Howard University: Nelson Mandela Exhibit

Howard University: Nelson Mandela Exhibit

Exhibition at Moorland-Spingarn Research Center Gallery

Howard University Main Campus

Founders Library First Floor

Oct. 31, 2013–April 27, 2014

Nelson Mandela has been central to every stage of South Africa’s epic struggle against apartheid. 

This monumental, awe-inspiring photographic exhibit—"Nelson Mandela: Character,  Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman"—confirms the multidimensional significance this enduring leader, currently facing health challenges and in his 95th year, holds in the eyes of his fellow citizens and the world. 

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An Important Conversation: The Legacy of Mandela and the Unfinished Freedom Struggle in South Africa

An Important Conversation: The Legacy of Mandela and the Unfinished Freedom Struggle in South Africa

December 20, 2013 7:00 PM

Busboys and Poets

2021 14th Street, N.W. Washington, DC

The Institute of the Black World 21st Century in conjunction with Busboys and Poets presents this six member panel of human rights advocates to discuss the unfinished freedom struggle in South Africa.

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TransAfrica and BloomScreen present This is Nollywood

TransAfrica and BloomScreen present This is Nollywood

TransAfrica and BloomScreen present This is Nollywood by Franco Sacchi and Robert Caputo

Date: December 17, 2013, 7:00 to 9:00PM

Venue: BloomBars, 3222 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010

This is Nollywood (2007, 56 min), by Franco Sacchi and Robert Caputo tells the story of Nigeria's home grown film industry, which is gaining recognition as a cultural and cinematic phenomenon.  The Nigerian film industry – is a revolution enabling Africans with few resources to tell African stories to African audiences.

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Celebrate UN Human Rights Day With TransAfrica

Celebrate UN Human Rights Day With TransAfrica

Washington D.C.

Gallery Place Stadium Theater

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 6:30 P.M.

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” Film Screening and Reception

TransAfrica is hosting a special film screening event of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" on Tuesday, December 10 at Gallery Place Stadium Theater. Join us for the movie at 6:30 P.M. and the reception afterwards at Clyde's 7th Street Parlour.

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TransAfrica and BloomScreen present Rhythmic Uprising

TransAfrica and BloomScreen present Rhythmic Uprising

TransAfrica and BloomScreen present

Rhythmic Uprising (Insurreição Rítmica)

Date: November 19, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Venue: BloomBars, 3222 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010

Suggested Donation: $10.

Join TransAfrica and BloomBars as we honor Zumbi and celebrate November as Black Consciousness Month in Brazil with the presentation of… Rhythmic Uprising (Insurreição Rítmica) (2008, 65 min), by Ben Watkins, and co-produced by Paulo Rogrio Nunes – documentary that shows how the transformative powers of Afro-Brazilian performing arts are used to fight racism and inequality in Bahia, Brazil. 

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Cholera in Haiti: Taking Responsibility

Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG)

Monday, November 18, 2013 

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Rayburn 2226 

The Haiti Advocacy Group invites you to a panel discussion on cholera in Haiti. With over 8,300 Haitian fatalities and no end in sight, this event will explore the origins of the epidemic, the legal implications regarding the United Nations, the impact on the Haitian people and the path forward for cholera's elimination. 

Join TransAfrica at this event. RSVP to rsvp-dc@ajws.org 

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TransAfrica and BloomScreen present Until the Well Runs Dry

TransAfrica and BloomScreen present Until the Well Runs Dry

TransAfrica and BloomScreen present

Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies

Date: November 15, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Venue: BloomBars, 3222 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010

Suggested Donation: $10.

Join TransAfrica and BloomBars at the screening of Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies (2011), by Shawn Utsey, PhD—a film that chronicles the involvement of well known medical colleges in the practice of illegal grave robbing of Black cemeteries during the 19th century.

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