STATE OF THE BLACK WORLD CONFERENCE IV

November 16-20, 2016, Newark, NJ

 

It’s Nation Time… Again

Dedicated to the Memory of Amiri Baraka

 

Racial Healing and Collaboration
for Black Empowerment

State of the Black World Conference IV

 

Jasiri X Named Hip Hop Ambassador
for SOBWC IV 2016

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Overview of Conference Issue Area Plenary Sessions and Tracts

Each Town Hall Meeting, Issue/Area Plenary and Working Session Tract will discuss the subject matter within the context of the concept of Racial Healing and Collaboration for Black Empowerment broadly defined. The goal is for each session to address the critical need to heal and repair Black families, communities and nations from the centuries, generations and ongoing damages inflicted by enslavement, colonialism, segregation, discrimination, racial violence, repression, oppression, exploitation … as a consequence of white supremacy and structural/institutional racism.

Equally important, each session is intended to seriously explore how to draw on the cultural, spiritual, historical and institutional strengths and assets of people of African descent to enhance or devise collaborative strategies and models for Black empowerment. No matter the topic or issue area, we must answer the questions of how do we learn from our history and each other, and how do we work collectively to build free, wholesome, just and humane families, communities and nations. Accordingly, recommendations for action should be based on the guidelines employed for State of the Black World Conference III: What is it that we as people of African descent must do internally to achieve healing and empowerment? What is it that we must demand of private institutions, e.g., financial institutions and businesses that benefit from Black resources? And, what should we demand of government and public agencies as taxpayers?

There will be a Plenary Session for each of the Issue Areas listed below and a seven hour Working Session Tract dedicated to each Issue Area on the fourth day (Saturday) of the Conference.

Rick Adams,
Chairman, Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Description of Issue Area Plenary Sessions and Tracts

Pan African Institute and Reparations: Will bring together leaders, scholars, activists, advocates and concerned participants to assess the internal and external challenges of building socially responsible nations/societies in the post-colonial era and opportunities to enhance or build transnational collaborations, networks and movements for self-determination, democracy and development. The continuing onslaught of neo-colonialism; crises of ethnic tensions/conflict;the growth of vibrant civil society movements for reform; the rapidly expanding global movement for reparatory justice;the role of multi-lateral bodies like the African Union and CARICOM; and, the role and responsibility of the African Diaspora are among the topics/issues that will be discussed.

Religion, Spirituality and Liberation: Will discuss the vital role of faith-based institutions in advancing the Black Freedom Struggle historically, the building and support of independent Black institutions and the power of religion and spirituality as inspirational and motivational forces in healing Black families and communities. Organizations, institutions and movements that exemplify the practical application of Black Liberation Theology and the prophetic faith tradition will be examined as models for addressing the crises of Black families, communities and nations.

Culture and Education for Black Survival and Development: Will discuss the importance of an African-centered framework as the foundation for Black/African identity and the preservation and development of the Black family, Black institutions, communities and nations. Models and strategies for controlling the education of Black youth, students and children and the creative use of Black art and culture, including hip hop, as a liberating force are among the issues that will be discussed.

Mobilizing/Organizing Hip Hop Activists and Cultural Workers for Black Empowerment: Consistent with the theme of SOBWC IV, this session will convene socially conscious Hip Hop Activists, Rap Activists and Cultural Workers to discuss a racial justice/social justice agenda and engage in a cross-generation dialogue on utilizing art, culture and activism to promote Black empowerment in the U.S. and the Pan African world.

Beyond the War on Drugs: Healing Black Families and Repairing Black Communities: Will discuss the intensifying movement for transformative change in criminal justice and policing policies and practices and proposals to heal and repair the damages inflicted on Black families and communities by the War on Drugs and racially-biased criminal justice policies.

Economic Development for Black Empowerment: Will examine existing and promising models and movements for economic/business development which have the potential to substantially enhance the empowerment of Black people. Economic sanctions/boycotts and Buy Black Campaigns to develop and advance Black interests will also be discussed.

Sustaining and Enhancing the Black Family: Will assess the crucial role of African-centered Black professional organizations in devising and implementing strategies, policies and practices to heal and strengthen Black families as foundational to wholesome and humane Black communities and nations. Emancipation Healing Circles, the internal crises of fratricide and murders in Black communities and the need for disaster preparedness, relief strategies and environmental justice are among the areas that will be discussed.

GOALS

SOBWC Goal
Assess the Implications of the 2016 Presidential Election for Black America and the Pan African World.
SOBWC Goal
Intensify the U.S. and Global Movements for Reparatory Justice as Part of the U.N. Decade for People of African Descent.
SOBWC Goal
Strengthen Bonds of Cultural, Social, Economic and Political Unity Between Africa and the Diaspora.
SOBWC Goal
Offer Analyses of the Crises that Afflict Black Families, Communities and Nations and Examine Strategies, Initiatives and Models for Healing and Black Empowerment.
SOBWC Goal
Promote Principled Cooperation, Collaboration and Unity Among Black Leaders, Movements, Organizations, Institutions and Agencies to Enhance Global Black Empowerment.
SOBWC Goal
Promote Cross -Generational Dialogue and Engagement to Enhance the Black Freedom Struggle.
SOBWC Goal
Strengthen the Institute of the Black World 21st Century as a Good Faith Facilitator and Resource Center Promoting a Culture of Collaboration for Healing and Black Empowerment.

Special Goal / Initiative

Mobilize Two Thousand (2,000) African Americans, Haitian Americans and friends of Haiti for a Pilgrimage of Hope to Haiti in 2017 – A Humanitarian and Development Cruise to Provide Human and Material Support for the World’s First Black Republic via the Haiti Support Project’s Model City Initiative.

Speakers

*Partial List of Invited Speakers, Panelists and Resource Persons

  • PM Dr. Ralph Gonsalves
  • Hon. P.J. Patterson
  • Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • H.E. J.N.K. Mamabolo
  • H.E. Tete Antonio
  • Sir Hilary Beckles
  • Danny Glover
  • Opal Tometi
  • Susan Taylor
  • Jasiri X
  • Dr. Leonard Jeffries
  • Prof. Charles Ogletree
  • Maurice Mitchell
  • George Fraser
  • Rev. Dennis Dillon
  • Nataki Kambon
  • Dr. Verene Sheppard
  • Haki Madhubuti
  • Sonia Sanchez
  • Dayvon Love
  • Dr. Annelle Primm
  • Rick Adams
  • Dr. Julianne Malveaux
  • Dr. Wade Nobles
  • Atty. Faya Rose Toure
  • Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
  • Dr. Maulana Karenga
  • Melanie Campbell
  • Makani Themba
  • Marc Morial
  • Rev. William Barber
  • Tef Poe
  • Dr. Joe Baptiste
  • Hon. Lionel Baptiste
  • Mireille Fanon Mendes-France
  • Don Rojas
  • Mark Thompson
  • Nick Taliaferro
  • Carl Nelson
  • Rev. Buster Soaries
  • Damon Jones
  • Michael Simanga
  • James Hill
  • Dr. Zachery Williams
  • Dr. Divine Pryor
  • Dr. Adelaide Sanford
  • Bill Fletcher
  • George Gresham
  • Ronald Hampton
  • Fredrica Bey
  • Larry Hamm
  • Toni Oliver
  • Leonard Dunston
  • Carlyle Holder
  • Atty. Nkechi Taifa
  • Dr. Patrica Newton
  • Dorothy Johnson-Speight
  • Deborah Small
  • Dr. Chika Onyeani
  • Dr. Iva Carruthers
  • David Commissiong
  • Dr. Greg Carr
  • James Early
  • Dr. Julius Garvey
  • Dr. Kevin Mwata Washington
  • Atty. Warren Ballentine

*The partial list of Speakers, Panelists and Resource Persons is a representative sample of those who are being invited to participate in these roles at SOBWC IV. Most are friends, allies, supporters with whom we have excellent relationships. Therefore, we fully anticipate that the majority of them will confirm their participation.

Schedule

Tentative Program/Schedule

IBW State of the Black World Conference IV - Day 1

Wednesday, November 16th

Pan African Institute

The future of Democracy and Development in Africa,the Caribbean, Central and South America

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Overview and Opening Statements
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Focus: Africa
3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Focus: Caribbean, Central
and South America

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
DINNER

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

National / International
Town Hall Meeting

The Global Movement for Reparatory Justice

Free and Open to the Public – Donations Welcomed

IBW State of the Black World Conference IV - Day 2

Thursday, November 17th

Empowerment Plenary Sessions

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Issue Area/Topic: Religion, Spirituality and Liberation
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
LUNCH
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Issue Area/Topic: Culture and Education for Black Survival and Development
3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Mobilizing/Organizing Hip Hop Activists and Cultural Workers for Black Empowerment
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
DINNER

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

National / International
Town Hall Meeting II

Implications of the 2016 Presidential Election for Black America and the Pan African World

Free and Open to the Public – Donations Welcomed

IBW State of the Black World Conference IV - Day 3

Friday, November 18th

Empowerment Plenary Sessions

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Issue Area/Topic: Beyond the War on Drugs: Healing Black Families and Repairing Black Communities
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
LUNCH
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Issue Area/Topic: Economic Development for Black Empowerment
3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Issue Area/Topic: Sustaining and Enhancing the Black Family
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
DINNER

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Opening Ndaba

  • Cultural-Spiritual Ceremony
  • Greetings/Acknowledgements and Solidarity Statements
  • Black Lives Matter: A Cross-Generational Dialogue
  • Keynote Address

IBW State of the Black World Conference IV - Day 4

Saturday, November 19th

Working Sessions
Tracts by Issue Area/Topic

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Session I
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
LUNCH
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Session II
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Session III
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
DINNER

9:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight

Legacy Awards Program
and Cultural Extravaganza

IBW State of the Black World Conference IV - Day 5

Sunday, November 20th

7:00 AM to 9:15 AM

Labor/Community Solidarity Breakfast

Labor/Community Solidarity Breakfast will be limited to IBW Board Members, Black Family Summit Reps, Labor Leaders and Representatives.

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Closing Ndaba

  • Summation of Working Sessions
  • Spiritual/Inspirational Message
  • The Final Charge
  • Appeal for Contributions and Support
  • Harambee/Adjourn

State of the Black World Conference IV

NOV.16-20,2016

Newark, New Jersey

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50 Park Place, Newark, New Jersey 07102

State of the Black World Conference IV - Nov. 16 - 20, 2016

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IBW State of the Black World Conference IV - Nov. 16 - 20, 2016

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Room Rate: $139.00 per night plus tax, single or double – Limited number of rooms, first come, first serve. Free Shuttle to the Conference Provided
Call for Reservations: 800.222.8733
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