Finding Freedom through Communication
Thursday, July 22, 7:00-9:00pm | Saturday, July 24, 5:00-7:00pm
Black Independence: Re-thinking our status in a search for Emancipation & Life
The Emancipation Proclamation was first signed in 1862 to free enslaved Blacks living in the confederate states. What happened to those slaves who didn’t know they were slaves? Where did the slave go that was comfortable being a slave? What did freedom mean anyway…freedom to leave the plantation?
Marcus Garvey and Akil, authors of this session’s readings, suggest that Blacks still hold a slave mentality and thus depend on the white race (which once enslaved them) for their well-being and sustenance. If this is the case, can Blacks really consider themselves liberated? Could you survive without businesses and institutions owned by other racial groups? Where does your food, water, and electricity come from? Who controls the distribution of these resources? Today, are we independent or are we in the same place as we were in 1862 – dependent? Again, what happens to the slave that doesn’t know they are a slave?
Topics of discussion:
– What does it mean to be a slave and what does it mean to be Emancipated?
– Are Independence and Freedom part of the Black reality or have we enslaved ourselves?
– Is Garvey right? Is self-sufficiency a solution to Black degradation and oppression?
– What model should be followed to lead us to world-wide Independence?
Part 1: Moderated discussion around topics and readings
Part 2: Grab-Bag questions – participants pose their own questions relating to the topics for the group to answer.
Supplementary Readings & Video:
1) “From Niggas to Gods, Vol. II,” (excerpts) by Akil
Click link to view this reading: Akil – From Niggas to Gods, Vol II pp 53-63, 80-82
2) “An Appeal to the Conscience of the Black Race to See Itself,” by Marcus Garvey
Click link to view this reading: Garvey,Marcus – An Appeal to the Conscience of the Black Race to See Itself