Black people are under siege in the United States and across the Diaspora. In light of recent events, Valuing Black Lives 2016: The Second Annual Global Emotional Emancipation Summit could not be more urgent.
We need a unified global response to the challenges before us. This year’s Summit will build on last year’s-- bringing together Black grassroots activists from around the world as well as representatives of national and international organizations to develop strategies and work together to overturn the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives: the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority.
Confirmed panelists include:
Mireille Fanon-Mendes from France, , current member and former chair of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent and chair of the Frantz Fanon Foundation; Kleaver Cruz, writer, activist and creator of #BlackJoyProject; Esther Armah, radio host, political commentator, and founder of Emotional Justice, multi-media creative campaigns to transform our legacy of untreated trauma into triumph, born in Britain, now living in Ghana; Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Professor of Africana Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice; Wekesa Madzimoyo, Co-founder of AYA Educational Institute - which provides adult and youth education that offers solutions for the dynamics of oppression; Allen Kwabena Frimpong, one of the lead organizers of Black Lives Matter in New York City; Ibram X. Kendi, Professor of History, University of Florida, and author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America; Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, Racial Justice NOW; and Isis Amlak, originally from Trinidad, a member of the Global Afrikan Congress in the United Kingdom and a UK consultant for the European Network for People of African Descent.