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Thursday, September 27, 2012

From Black Power to Hip Hop -Who’s Going to Take the Weight?


From Black Power to Hip Hop -Who’s Going to Take the Weight?
A National Inter-generational Dialogue on Black Power

Written by Monique Liston & Salim Adofo

November 2nd – 4th, the National Black United Front (NBUF) will convene a Black Power Hip Hop Conference at Howard University in Washington DC.  The objective of the conference is to have an inter-generational dialogue between elders that made the Black Power Movement and the Hip Hop generation. With the Hip Hop generation, taking this primary source information, applying it to their daily lives and continuing on the struggle for self-determination, self-respect and self-defense.
The Black Power Movement was started and fueled by the energy of many individuals & organizations that exercised resiliency, zeal, and an undying commitment towards elevating Black people from the roots of oppression economically, politically, and socially. NBUF has observed that over the last few years, many of these individuals have transitioned to join the ancestors. As time continues to pass, the Black community is continually losing access to the knowledge, resources, and recommendations from the remaining elders of this period. The conference will provide activists from the Hip Hop generation an opportunity to genuinely connect with the elders that made the Black Power Movement and continue to build up our community for Black Power. Through structured dialogue, workshops, and communal discussion, the youth will have the opportunity to learn what no textbook, no university course, nor museum exhibit could convey about the Black Power Movement. In turn, the elders will have the opportunity to call upon the energy of the youth to revive the Black Power Movement and once again instill a collective fight towards Black empowerment and self-determination.
Speakers during the conference include Marimba Ani, former field organizer in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and author of the book “Yurugu”, Chokwe Lumumba member of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika (RNA) and Jackson MS city councilman as and Dhoruba bin Wahad, former political prisoner, member of the Black Liberation Army and Black Panther Party for Self-defense.  Other participants include Hip Hop artist Bomani Armah, DJ Wise of Chop Squad DJ’s and Hip Hop Activist Autumn Marie.  Activities of the conference will include a Building Black Political Power Hip Hop Parade and Rally, an inter-generational dialogue with elders of the Black Power Movement and a performing and visual art show dedicated to the ancestors of the Black Power Era, featuring Taalam Acey.  For a full list of participants and activities please email nbufdc@gmail.com. RSVP at http://ow.ly/e3gwa