Organizing an All-African Student Movement for the 21st Century

Les Schaffer schaffer at
Fri Jun 22 09:52:03 MDT 2001

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To All African (Black, African American, New Afrikan, Continental,
Caribbean, Latino, etc.) Student Organizations and Leaders/Organizers.


29 June marks the 60th birthday of Kwame Ture, formerly known as
Stokley Carmichael. You perhaps have heard of him and his work with
the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG) at Howard University, the Student
Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Mississippi Freedom
Democratic Party (MFDP), the Lowndes County Freedom Organization
(LCFO), the Black Panther Party (BPP), the Democratic Party of Guinea
(PDG), the All-African People's Revolutionary Party (A-APRP), and a
host of other movements and organizations in Africa, the African
Diaspora and the world.

For four decades, Kwame inspired, mentored and organized progressive
and revolutionary students in every corner of Africa, the African
Diaspora and the world. He challenged them to work, study and struggle
on behalf of African and all Oppressed Peoples; and to organize,
organize, organize! He made his transition to the ranks of the
Ancestors on 15 November 1998 in Conakry, Guinea, his beloved

On the occasion of Kwame's 60th birthday, the Kwame Ture Work-Study
Institute and Library, the Alliance for Global Justice, the Black
United Fund of Illinois, the National Black United Front and the
Pan-African Liberation Organization invites all African Student
organizations and leaders/organizers to attend a meeting from 29-30
June 2001 at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. The purpose of this
historic meeting is to provide African student leaders/organizers from
every corner of Africa and the African Diaspora an opportunity to meet
each other, to discuss how to build a militant and massive All-African
student movement for the 21st century, and to plan an All-African
Student Conference to be held in 16-18 November 2001.

The tentative/suggested agenda includes:

(1) Brief Welcome and Acknowledgment of Messages and Solidarity

(2) Discussion about the issues and concerns that affect African
people in every corner of Africa and the African Diaspora, and what
African students must do to help address/resolve them.

(3) Brief reports on the movement to free political prisoners and
prisoners of war the struggles: to break the embargoes and travel bans
against Cuba and Libya; to build the Student Sweat Shop Campaign and
the Movement Against Environmental Racism; to demand Global Justice
and to help build the demonstrations that are planned for 29-30
September 2001 against the military-police-prison-industrial complex,
the World Bank, IMF and WTO; to free all political prisoners and
prisoners of war in United States and South African jails; to help the
Zimbabwean, Azanian (South African), Palestinian, Indigenous, Dalit,
Irish, and all Oppressed Peoples return to and reclaim their land; to
stop the "Drug War" and dismantle the prison industrial complex; to
stop the US military exercises on Vieques Island in Puerto Rico; and
other ongoing actions and struggles.

(4) Discussion about the role that African students can and must play
in the struggle: (1) to demand that the transatlantic slave-trade,
slavery, colonialism, settler-colonialism, segregation, apartheid and
neocolonialism be declared crimes against humanity without statue of
limitations; (2) to demand that racism, racial discrimination,
caste-based discrimination, gender-based discrimination, and related
intolerance be declared gross violations of human rights; and (3) to
demand that reparations and compensation be paid to the victims of
these crimes against humanity and human rights violations, and to
their descendants, collectively and individually. Report on the 3rd UN
World Conference against Racism (WCAR) that will be held in Durban,
South Africa from 31 August to 7 September 2001, and the efforts to
build an International Day of Action Against Racism (IDAAR 2001) on 31
August 2001. Discuss how students can participate in the Youth Summit
in Durban, and how they can help !  build IDAAR 2001 on their campus.

(5) Discussion about how best to organize an All-African student
movement for the 21st century, and how to organize an All-African
Student Conference on 16-18 November 2001.

(6) Discussion of other agenda items and concerns.

This historic Planning Meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. on 29 June 2001 and
ends at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, 30 June 2001. All African students
(Black, African American, New Afrikan, Continental, Caribbean, Latino,
etc.), with a valid college ID, are invited to attend and
participate. Non-student and non-African organizations and
leaders/organizers are asked to enable and empower African students to
attend and participate in this Planning Meeting; and to send messages
of solidarity and support.

Registration is $50 per student, which covers overnight accommodations
in the dormitory (two persons to a room) and four meals (dinner on
Friday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday). All students
must register and confirm their attendance in advance (no later than
24 June 2001), in order to reserve housing and food. The Registration
Fee will be collected at the door.

To register send reply to: allafristudconf2001b at with your
name, organization, address, telephone number, fax number, cell number
and email address. We will send you a confirmation reply, and further
information about the Planning Meeting, including the address for the
Planning Meeting.

Students must provide their own transportation to and from Bowie,
Maryland, which is 20 miles from Washington, DC. The MARC train stops
at Bowie State University, but does not run on Saturday. It costs
$7.50 round trip from DC.

African Students are the Spark of the African Revolution. Light the
Fire! See you at 5:00 p.m. at Bowie State University on 29 June 2001.


Thank you!

Bob Brown

Director: Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute and Library Email:
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