NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) March 01, 2016
An official parallel event of the United Nations, 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, titled "Understanding the Role of National Identity in Global Politics" has been set to continue a discourse started at the UN in early February to uncover the hidden history of African and Indigenous descendants of colonialism and enslavement in the United States. In response to the February 10th meeting held at UN Headquarters however, (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/02/prweb13211665.htm) convener UN NGO, United States Sustainable Development Corp decided to open the platform to all of those African and Indigenous descendants of colonialism and enslavement around the world who share similar experiences.
On the inaugural panel will be University of Connecticut Professor of History, Dr. Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, author of "Black Indians", William Loren Katz, and Activist and Co-Founder of US grassroots network Momsrising, Monifa Bandele. Mr. Katz will cover the pre- and post-colonial origins of African people in the US and the proud history of freedom fighting and resistance alliances that developed with the Indigenous people that both preceded and succeeded English colonialism. Author of, "Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity (Reconfiguring American Political History," Dr. Ogbar will discuss the cultural consequences of adopting the historical narrative that has been taught and accepted as fact in the United States. Journalist Monifa Bandele will discuss the continued effect of that narrative on the daily lives of African and Indigenous descendants of colonialism and enslavement in the United States.
The goal of the convener in this initiative, that is expected to span multiple years, is to bring together many representative voices of the subject people groups to establish the most authentic narrative of their respective stories. "The homogenous "black" experience is literally a heterogeneous collection of national origins, geopolitical experiences and cultural legacies, many of which have only slight glimmers of insight remaining of their existence on the continent. Nonetheless, their stories deserve to be told, what's left of their history preserved," said USSDC president and CEO, Ava Gabrielle-Wise.
The meeting will be held at the The Salvation Army, International Social Justice Commission building from 2:30 to 4:30. Registration is required to attend. The link to register is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/color-me-black-understanding-the-role-of-national-identity-in-global-politics-tickets-20765168177