by Michael Imhotep, TheMichaelImhotepShow.com
Wed., 12-7-16, 8:20pm EST, Updated: Sun. 12-18-16, 1:55pm
I attended the State of the Black World Conference IV which was held in Newark, NJ, Nov. 16th-Nov. 20th, 2016. This was my first time at this strategic planning conference organized by Dr. Ron Daniels and The Institute Of The Black World. This years’ theme was “Racial Healing and Collaboration for Black Empowerment”. The conference takes place only once every 4 years after the Presidential Election so African Americans can plan strategies and craft policies for the next 4 years. There were numerous plenaries on various topics pertaining to the African American community including Economic Development for Black Empowerment, Hip Hop Activism, Culture and Education for Black Survival and Development, Pan African Institute and Reparations, Beyond The War on Drugs: Healing Black Families Repairing Our Communities and more.
There were numerous African American scholars and activists there including Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Prof. James Small, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dr. George Fraser, Susan Taylor, Marc Morial President of the National Urban League, Min. Louis Farrakhan, Atty. and talk show host Warren Ballentine, journalist Doshon Farad of Your Black World and many others. We were welcomed by Newark, NJ Mayor Ras Baraka who addressed the conference.
I was able to catch up with Dr. Greg Carr who is the Chair of the Afro- American Studies Dept. at Howard University. He also teaches a class on Race and Law at Howard’s Law School. He is a frequent guest on News One Now with Roland Martin on TV ONE. We talked about Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-AL) who was nominated by Donald Trump to be the new Attorney General. This will have a devastating impact on the African American community as Sen. Sessions is a segregationists who in 1986 was deemed to racists to be a Federal Judge. He is also against Civil Rights for African Americans.
We also discussed how elections has consequences. Too many of our people got caught up on personalities during this last election cycle and didn’t focus on the policies that the Presidential candidates were advocating for. There are 4,000 positions that Donald Trump has to fill in his administration and most of them the average person has never heard of before.
Sources and additional reading:
Jeff Sessions, Once Deemed Too Racist to be a Federal Judge, Chosen As Trump’s New Attorney General, AtlantaBlackStar.com, 11-18-16
Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Pick for Attorney General, Is a Fierce Opponent of Civil Rights, TheNation.com, 11-18-16
The First Senator to Endorse Donald Trump Is a Longtime Opponent of Civil Rights, TheNation.com, 2-29-16
Jeff Sessions Was Deemed Too Racist To Be A Federal Judge. He’ll Now Be Trump’s Attorney General., HuffingtonPost.com, 11-17-16
Michael Imhotep is a national radio talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network. He is the host of The Michael Imhotep Show on The Empowerment Radio Network and can be heard Monday-Friday, 4pm-6pm EST on www.TuneIn.com or the TuneIn Radio App and search for “Empowerment Radio Network”. He also hosts The African History Network Show, Sundays, 9pm-11pm EST on 910 AM The Superstation in Detroit. Listen around the world online at www.910AMSuperstation.com or by downloading the 910AM App to your smartphone. Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for podcasts of his shows, his upcoming lectures, DVDs and more information about our history.
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