African Liberation Day (ALD) 2018 will be commemorated at a number of different locations around town. And a number of Africa-focused focus events will overlap the 3 day weekend.
As we post this ALD summary, the PAN AFRICAN UNITY DIALOGUE (PAUD) will begin a rally designed to “STOP MUSIVENI,” the America-backed dictator in Uganda. General Yoweri Museveni has been a major factor in the destabilization of East Africa, including the Congo, Rwanda, and South Sudan.
The peaceful protest will take place TODAY starting in front of Uganda House, the country’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, 336 West 45th Street in midtown Manhattan.
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The December 12th Movement (D12) will celebrate ALD with a tribute to our ancestor Winnie Madikizela, Mother of the nation in South Africa. She struggled for true self determination before and after the formal end of apartheid. This after leading the FREE MANDELA movement that led to independence.
The program will be held TONIGHT at Sistas’ Place cultural center 456 Nostrand Avenue, 6:30 PM
For more info: 718-396-1766
The African Liberation Day Collective will sponsor a program that denounces neo-colonialism and reminds us that “the only solution is Pan African Revolution.”
The culture-is-politics event will be held at the Magnolia Tree Earth Center, 667 Lafayette Avenue in BedStuy and will feature the African Love Institute Dancers with the legendary Black Rose.
For more Info: 347-984-4950.
The Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People (CEMOTAP) will honor activist ancestors including Kefa Nephthys, Gil Noble, George Tait, and Dr. Jack Felder. The program will take place at the CEMOTAP center in southern Queens, 135-05 Rockaway Boulevard.
For more info: 347-97-0629
ALD was conceptualized at the 1958 Conference of Independent States, which took place in Accra, Ghana under the leadership of the Osagyefo Kwami Nkrumah. Leaders of the 8 then-independent African nation states attended and named every April 15th African Freedom Day.
By 1963, the 31 independent African states formalized creation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), and renamed the event African Liberation Day. Its date was moved to May 25.
Appreciation and support for the liberation struggle and ALD “blew up” in the diaspora during the 1970’s. One high point was the 1972 celebration, when more than 50,000 Africans participated around the country. That level of support was exceeded in 1973, when more than 100,000 came out in more than 30 American cities, the Caribbean, the Motherland, and Latin America.
Today more than 25 linked events are listed at http://www.africanliberationday.net/. This is an incomplete list. Many programs, by no mean most or all, are coordinated by the All African Peoples’ Revolutionary Party (AAPRP) which was founded by Kwame Nkrumah and coordinaed for many years by Kwame Ture, aka Stokely Carmichael.