In 1957 Ghana achieved independence under President Kwame Nkrumah by defeating British colonial rule in Africa’s “Gold Coast.” The far reaching possibilities and ramifications of this illustrious victory were addressed in Accra, Ghana at the first Conference of Independent African Nations – African Freedom Day, on April 15, 1958. This historic summit laid the foundation and strategies for the eventual decolonization and complete unification of the entire African continent by and for Africans at home and abroad. The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP) celebrates this defining moment as African Liberation Day (ALD). The west coast chapters of the A-APRP will commemorate African Liberation Day on May 23rd from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at Eastside Arts Alliance located at 2277 International Boulevard in Oakland, California 94601. Doors open at 11:00 AM and a brief reception will follow from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. This year’s theme is “All African Lives Matter / Organize at Home & Abroad.”
Every year millions of people world-wide celebrate Ghana’s independence from Britain, just as millions of Americans celebrate the 13 English colonies’ independence from England (July 4, 1776), in spite of the fact this independence was founded on America’s enslavement of Africans/Blacks and attempted annihilation of the black and brown indigenous nations of the western hemisphere. However, while the American Revolution was fought to entrench and expand foreign (Caucasian/European) occupation and domination of the western hemisphere, Ghanaian independence sought to eliminate foreign (Caucasian/European) occupation and domination. Therefore African Liberation Day supports the independence movements of all oppressed peoples. ALD supporters, guests and solidarity speakers include dedicated representatives from the American Indian Movement (AIM), the Irish – International Republic Socialist Network, Haiti Action Committee, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, the Nation of Islam, the Arab Resource & Organizing Center and Merritt College’s African-American Studies Department. ALD will be punctuated with edutainment presentations from cultural artists Tureeda, Paradise, Spear of the Nation, Sistah Kujichagulia and Val Serrant.
Beloved A-APRP funder, Kwame Ture (Stokley Carmichael), summarized the key to African/Black self-determination and sustained success in three words “organize, organize, organize!” So in addition to sharing global resistance updates, solidarity statements and cultural presentations, the main objective of African Liberation Day is to get organized. African Liberation Day is an opportunity for Africans/Blacks to unite psychologically, socially, emotionally/spiritually and geo-politically into one self-determining, African people irrespective of where or when one was born, just as all Whites are considered Caucasians (having evolved at Eurasia’s Caucasus Mountain range) irrespective of where or when one is born. Why African Liberation Day? Because it will take organization to unite more than one billion Africans/Blacks to eliminate the dehumanizing injustice of racist capitalism that pollutes and divides the world.
Africa has been in dire need of liberation ever since Germany’s 1884-85 Berlin Conference convened to coordinate the militaristic invasion and geographic partitioning of the entire African continent for Europe’s economic benefit. Neo-colonialism and imperialism still occupy, oppress and exploit Africa as well as the entire Diaspora. Militarists, mercenaries, missionaries, bullies, bullets, bibles and bombs continue to pave the way to Africa’s social destabilization through economic exploitation and cultural annihilation. Why ALD? Because black Africa, the birth place of human beings, high culture, civilization, astronomy, architecture, engineering, medicine, religion, democracy, science, philosophy, monotheism and music remains both under siege and under attack.
The entire world remains deeply indebted to and dependent upon Africa as it continues to touch every aspect of our lives. Africa’s precious diamonds, gold, oil, art, artifacts, symbols, alloys, metals, minerals, elements and raw materials reside in our wardrobe, accessories, dwellings, cell phones, laptops, tablets, fixtures, appliances, vehicles, guidance systems, televisions/flat screens, iPods and countless technologies. No wonder countless NGOs, international corporations, geo-political tyrants, weapons dealers and other entrepreneurial opportunists seek to occupy and exploit Africa.
Why African Liberation Day? Because one billion organized Africans/Blacks can liberate Africa from imperialism, ethnocentrism and economic crisis; because one billion organized Blacks/Africans can liberate themselves from overt miseducation, relentless school suspensions, unnecessary expulsions, skyrocketing unemployment, disproportionate foreclosures, local gentrification, nation-wide displacement and international poverty; because one billion organized Africans/Blacks can eliminate the racism that stereotypes, devalues, criminalizes and condemns all Blacks/Africans to a world of extreme prejudice: overzealous profiling, incarcerations, and ever-escalating murders (un-justifiable homicides). Why ALD? Because ALL AFRICAN LIVES MATTER: ORGANIZE AT HOME & ABROAD. For more information click on africanliberation.net, aaprp-intl.org, https://www.facebook.com/aaprp.norcal or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 219-0025 or (510) 334-2731. The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party invites you to celebrate African Liberation Day and oganize, organize, organize!