“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
- Nelson Mandela
How We Work
TransAfrica has built a reputation over the last thirty-five years of being an organization that is not afraid to take a principled stand and speak truth to power. Our approach is rooted in the U.S. civil rights movement and the example of Pan Africanists like W.E.B DuBois. Historically, we stood in solidarity with leaders like Nelson Mandela and are inspired by his life; his words can be found throughout our website.
TransAfrica is unique because of our methodology of work. TransAfrica does not believe in the myth of voiceless people. TransAfrica strives to create meaningful and useful relationships with people who are living with the consequences of U.S. foreign policies so that we can act as a microphone and amplify their stories so they are heard by Americans and policy makers.
We are intentional about how we interact with partners outside of the U.S. so that our intervention is never harmful, and we are careful stewards as we share news, analysis and information to bridge the space between African Americans and people of African descent around the world.
Washington, D.C. can be an impenetrable and insular community where the voices of African Americans are not always heard, especially on issues of foreign policy. TransAfrica provides a vital critique of U.S. policies that disproportionately impact Africans and people of African descent around the world.