8th Annual Re-Defining African American Convening: What’s At Stake?

 

8th Annual Re-Defining African American Convening: What’s At Stake?

2013 Topic: Who are the REAL African-Americans? | Navigating Identity Nuances of African Peoples in America.

Since the 80s, the term African American has been used to describe people of African descent who were the descendants of the forced migrants who were brought to the United States during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. For the past few centuries, this group was the largest group of non-white people living in the U.S. However, times have changed.  Increasingly, there are more continental Africans voluntarily migrating to the United States, for educational, economic, political and social opportunities.

Does term African American still hold significance? How does the nuanced demographics influence the accuracy of how and when this nomenclature should be used? Should we find new language to explore those descendants from the U.S. enslaved? Or should the new wave of Africans in American, find new language in which to identify themselves?

Panelists:  Olaronke Akinmowo, Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill, Ayana V. Jackson, Rob Marriott, Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy,

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 6:30pm– 8:30pm

LOCATION: ImageNation | 2031 Adam Clayton Powell (btwn 121st and 122nd Streets) | New York, NY 10027

ADMISSION: $5

For more information or to register, email slewis.cccadi@gmail.com , or call 212.307.7420 ext. 3000

 

Photo Credit: Kwesi Abbensetts http://www.facebook.com/kwesi.photos

 

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