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Left Forum 2015 PANEL: "SLAVE ROUTES: A GLOBAL VISION"

  • JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE 524 W 59th St New York, NY 10019 (map)

Session 1, Room 1.108

“Slave Routes: A Global Vision“ portrays the diverse histories and heritages of the global African Diaspora stemming from the African slave trade and slavery. The documentary provides an overview of the forced displacements of African peoples across oceans and deserts to distant lands, highlighting their contributions both to the enrichment of their enslavers and to the creation of new cultural forms. Offering examples from the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa as well as Europe and the Americas, it moves beyond the tragedies of the slave trade and slavery to highlight the resistance of Africans and their descendants in Africa and throughout the areas of enslavement beginning in the 9th century. It further illustrates many of the ways in which enslaved Africans and their descendants triumphed over incredible oppression to play an essential role in shaping the global culture of the modern world.

UNESCO Film Slave Routes A Global Vision Pedagogical Guide 189754E.pdf

Panelists:

Facilitator: Sheila S. Walker, Ph.D, - Afrodiaspora, Inc. Sheila Walker, Ph.D, is a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker, is Executive Director of Afrodiaspora, Inc., a non-profit organization that is developing documentaries and educational materials about the global African Diaspora. She has done fieldwork, lectured, consulted, and participated in cultural events in much of Africa and the African Diaspora. Her works include the documentary film, Slave Routes: A Global Vision, for the UNESCO Slave Route Project, and an edited book, Conocimiento desde adentro: Los Afrosudamericanos hablan de sus pueblos y su historia (Afro-South Americans Speak of their Peoples and their History), featuring articles by Afrodescendants from all of the Spanish-speaking countries of South America. She also edited the volume African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americasand produced the documentary Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora. Dr. Walker was Director of the Center for African and African American Studies, the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor in the College of Liberal Arts, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, and she was the William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the African Diaspora and the World Program at Spelman College. (Source: http://www.africanfilmny.org/2013/georges-collinet-and-sheila-walker/)

Filmography:
Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora (2008 – Sheila Walker);
Routes de l’esclave: une vision globale [Slave Routes: A Global Vision/Africans out of Africa] (2010);
Africa on the Pacific: Esmeraldas, Ecuador (2011 – Sheila Walker).

Manbo Dòwòti Désir - DDPA Watch Group & Associates, Inc. Manbo Dòwòti Désir is founder and President of the DDPA Watch Group & Associates, Inc.  The DDPA Watch Group is an international human rights coalition, and the parent company of the OGUN Taskforce, an interfaith group of the AfroAtlantic Religions. Manbo Désir is the Chairperson of the Subcommittee for the Elimination of Racism of the NGO Committee on Human Rights at the UN, and the Co-Chair of The Ubuntu Council (a MIAT of the US Human Rights Network). She is organizing a Truth & Human Rights Commission for African Descendants: Recognition, Justice and Developments,  as a consultative mechanism for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva). She recently launched the UN International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024 with Benediction Services at Union Theological Seminary.  A writer and journalist, she has focused on the contemporary arts and culture of the African Diaspora; and the religions and sacred arts of the Afro-Atlantic region. A past Advisor to UNESCO on projects related to the global African community, she is a guest producer of AfrobeatRadio, WBAI 99.5 FM in the United States and is the former Associate Publisher of The AFRIcan Magazine. The author of a book on monuments and historic sites of the Transatlantic Slave Trade entitled, Goud kase goud: Conjuring Memory in Spaces of the AfroAtlantic, www.conjuringmemory.com, she is a Manbo Asogwe (High Priest) in Haitian Vodou. Manbo Désir is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and has a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art and critical theory from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. 

Goud kase goud: Conjuring Memory in Spaces of the AfroAtlantic, uses photography to explore the issue of spatial justice though the built and natural environment in Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe.  The book commemorates the International Decade for People of African Descent and marks the 20th Anniversary of the UNESCO Slave Routes, Resistance, Liberty, Heritage project. At its core is an argument for Reparations, as the contraction of the physical, political, economic and spiritual spaces of Africans and their descendants, were forcibly contracted during the Maafa known as the TransAtlantic Slave Trade in Captive Africans, and later colonization. Manbo Désir contends, although unstated, the Maafa, was the first global world war whose devastating impact continues to consume the personal and psychosocial spaces of the global African person with continued human rights violations; extrajudicial killings, police brutality, and cultural genocide even as the presence of Africans/African descendants expands in the public sphere.

Tyrene Wright - African Women for Africa, Inc., AfrobeatRadio. Tyrene Wright PhD is a Booker T. Washington scholar, human rights activist, poet and founder of African Women for Africa whose mission is to provide free health literacy programs to African women. Wright's work focuses on the advancement of African women and the social and political dynamics involved in harnessing the world's resources, which are concentrated in Africa. She is the author of newly released book "Booker T. Washington and Africa: The Making Of A Pan Africanist.”

Wuyi Jacobs - AfrobeatRadio. Wuyi Jacobs is Executive Producer and Host of AfrobeatRadio.

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