Happy Tuesday, CHN Friends:
I hope you’re as excited as I am that Black Panther was released in digital form last week and comes out on Blu-ray today. When it premiered in February, the movie brought us together in a wonderful spirit of shared pride.
And now, Black Panther’s release for home video comes at a remarkable moment. As it happens, yesterday was the first day of Black European and People of African Descent (PAD) Week. Next Friday, May 25, is Africa Day. And next week is the second annual #ImAfricanBornIn Week.
These are all powerful signals of the reuniting of the African Diaspora, coming together literally within days of each other.
Remember when Black Panther was released? All around the world, people of African descent cheered. The film gave us a great sense of oneness—a sense that wherever we are – from Kenya to Brazil to the United States – we are all united by our Africanness.
The film also gave us a shared hope that we might be able to change the narrative about what it means to be Black—what it means to be African --from that of a people long dehumanized to that of a people proudly reclaiming our dignity and humanity.
This week, our sisters and brothers in Sweden, Italy, Germany, and other places in Europe are for the first time in history coming together for Black European and People of African Descent (PAD) Week--united by their Blackness, their Africanness.
People of African ancestry in the United States and all around the world are standing in solidarity with people of African descent in Europe as they take this ground-breaking step.
Next week, on Friday, May 25, the world will celebrate Africa Day, observed annually and widely across the world, particularly in Africa, "to signify Africa’s identity and unity." Africa Day is also called African Liberation Day and African Freedom Day.
And from May 20 to May 26, Black people across the world will participate in #ImAfricanBornIn, a week-long global online conversation designed to bring the people of the Diaspora closer together and closer to Africa.
The #ImAfricanBornIn hashtag expresses the sentiments at the heart of the centuries-old Pan-African movement and is meant to support the many Pan-African initiatives already underway. The campaign is grounded in the belief that we are one people in many places, rooted in Africa.
#ImAfricanBornIn is a social media campaign that invites us as people of African ancestry to check in with each other every year from wherever we are in the world and share what it’s like to be African there. What are the joys? What are the challenges? What are the signs of progress for Black people? Please click here for more on the campaign.
The timing of all these events is almost perfect. So much so that it cannot be a coincidence. God and our ancestors are at work, sisters and brothers, putting all the pieces in place for an African renaissance.
Join us next week to celebrate our shared African ancestry and to continue the African Diaspora Conversation. For details, click here.
--Enola G. Aird, Founder and President, Community Healing Network