By Bukar Bolori
An initiative to reclaim and rebuild a grassroots peoples’ solidarity movement linking Africa and the USA- Farafina has been launched
According to a statement, Africans on the continent and in the diaspora can and must take the lead both for their own sake and for the future of humanity and the planet.
The statement also added that young people, women and artists making use of new technologies and innovative pathways for radical change must build on the work of earlier generations and mobilize broad intergenerational and transnational linkages.
It said: “The first step is dialogue which must be in person as well as through virtual communication channels. Phase 1 of the tour launches in March 2023. Phase 2 will be an in-person strategic retreat in the fall of 2023.”
Those on Farafina the black link 2023 Tour are Coumba Toure, Faya Rose Toure, Malika Fortier, Ainka Sanders, Nunu Kidane, Patricia Servant, Emira Woods, Marcia Thomas, Althea Anderson, Belvie Rooks, Ash lee Woodard Henderson, Ayesha Imam and many more.
Where to connect for Tour include: Selma, Alabama (March 1 to March 7, 2023); Oakland, California (March 8 to March 10, 2023): New Market, Tennessee (March 11 to March 13, 2023) Meeting with The Highlander Research and Education Center 1959 Highlander Way
New Market, TN 37820; Gastonia, North Carolina, (March 12, 2023). The Delegation will meet with Ayesha Imam, a panafricanist and founding director of
BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights in Nigeria, to discuss.
Others are in Washington, DC (March 14 to March 17, 2023); Celebrating Women’s History Month on March 16 at 4 pm at Howard University. Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building
2201 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20059; and New York, New York (March 18 – March 20, 2023).
The delegation will end the tour in New York City to meet and network with progressive organisations working toward strengthening solidarity between Africa and United States.
The tour is being package by Priority Africa Network (PAN, www.priorityafrica.org), an Oakland-based organisation with the mission to “build intergenerational bridges within the African diaspora to advance Pan-Africanism ideals that enable an inclusive and equitable society for all people.” And
Kuumbati.com, a Dakar based production house, which focus on stories for children, women and Africans.