The Boston Pan African Forum
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The BPAF is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) open-membership organization that was created in 1997 in order to promote a widespread appreciation of current social, economic, political and other issues affecting relations between Americans and peoples of African descent around the world. It seeks to mobilize all sectors of American society especially regarding U.S. foreign policy and international relations. The BPAF is based in Boston with a membership throughout New England. Our organization's mission emphasizes connecting African peoples with each other, and with their friends and allies.
Come and participate in our programs to help build an understanding of why, and how, and with whom we all can connect, for our common good.
scroll down this page for on-going
and other past activities,
including the U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan interview on AIDS
PAST and On-going PROGRAMS
PROGRAMS of 2011
WORLD AIDS DAY PROGRAMS
Dec 3 2011 film and guest appearance
Dec 4 10:45am service at St. Paul AME Church, Cambridge
Click here-- here for detailed information
regarding the DEC 3 program for featuring the exceptionally inspiring speaker
Mr. T. JACKSON KAGURI
Our Dec 3 program was also co-sponsored by the NYAKA AIDS ORPHANS SCHOOL PROJECT. See their video (preceded by a sponsor's short commercial advertisement) click here
Dec 4 10:45am service at St. Paul's AME Church, Rev. Marcellus A. Norris, Pastor, 37 Bishop Allen Drive (at Columbia St), Central Square Cambridge MA was
co-sponsored by the St. Paul A.M.E. African Cultural Society. The guest speaker was also Mr. T. Jackson Kaguri. The "Love Offerings" of both the morning services benefited the Nyaka AIDS Orphans School Project.
OCTOBER 29, 2011
Democracy in Dakar: A Forum on Politics in Senegal
Saturday, October 29, 2011
11:00 - 2:00
Donahue Building, room 331
Democracy in Dakar
and discussion on
The Future of Democracy in Senegal
Reception following discussion
Donahue Building, room 430
Sponsored by The Suffolk University Black Studies Program, Collection of African American Literature, and African Students Association.
Special Presentation and
Reception for new arrivals
from the African Diaspora
(for faculty, other professionals and students)
Friday, October 28th, 3:00-8:00pm,
at UMass/Boston in the Snowden Auditorium (1st Floor Wheatley Hall).
Our featured speaker will be
Dr. Juliette Tuakli
She will be speaking on the topic:
"The Role of Global Politics in Health Care in Africa."
With over 25 years of experience in international public health, gynecology, and developmental pediatrics, Dr Tuakli co-developed Ghana’s successful 10 year National HIV/AIDS Response and has worked with UNFPA and Ghana AIDS Commission’s program with Ghana’s traditional leadership on gender, culture and HIV issues. She has a broad range of experience, having worked in Kenya, England, and the US, and is a cross cultural child development specialist and promotes child friendly national health policies, She has been Chair of WISE (Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment) , Ghana’s national women’s empowerment program, for 5 years.
Place: Wheatley Hall, 1st Floor Muriel S. Snowden Auditorium (0088)
Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Presentation: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Reception: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Co-Sponsors: University of Massachusetts Boston Office of Student Affairs,
The Boston Pan-African Forum, Africana Studies, Center for African, Caribbean
and Community Development, Black Student Center, African Students Union
APRIL 2, 2011
Film Screening: A Panther in Africa, in collaboration with the
African Cultural Society of St. Paul AME Church, Cambridge and with support
from Boston University African Studies Center Outreach Program.
Presented the film A Panther in Africa with guest speaker and former Black Panther Mama Charlotte. Pete O'Neal, Black Panther in Kansas City, was arrested on October 30, 1969 for transporting a gun across state lines. A year later, O'Neal with his wife, Charlotte Hill O’Neal, aka Mama C, fled the United States and eventually settled in Tanzania, where he still lives in exile.
Charlotte Hill O’Neal and Pete O’Neal are the subjects of the award winning PBS documentary about the lives and activism of the former Black Panthers. They founded the United African American Community Center (UAACC), a non-profit NGO in Arusha, Tanzania with a mission to provide programs and projects for the enrichment of the Arusha community, both urban and rural, and to promote closer cultural ties to communities in America and around the world. Mama C is an artist, poet, musician, community activist, and co-director of the UAACC. She states, “As a member of the Black Panther Party, I was taught the importance of building international solidarity among all people while honoring my Ancestral roots. That philosophy has never changed. Many of my poems and songs reflect this burning desire and mission to spread peace, love and unity through my art.”
The Black Panther Party rose to power in the late 60’s to uphold self
determination and collective vision offering programs such as the Free Breakfast
for Children and Free Health Clinics. Pete and Charlotte are proud to have been
a part of that historic chapter of American history. “Our present day
community outreach service continues to be informed by our time as Black Panthers,’”
Pete acknowledges. “Our work is truly a continuation of the work we did
as members of the Black Panther Party!”
February 26, 2011
Cote d'Ivoire: Strengthening of Democracy
Suffolk University School of Business
Co-sponsored with Network Afrique
Dr. Joyce Hope Scott, President of the Boston Pan African Forum (BPAF)
Dovi Abbey, Founder of SOMPATT, Treasurer BPAF
Norbert Prevaut, Writer and Lecturer
Dr. Hyacinth Ntchobo
Dr. Konan Martin
Dr. Emile Tabea
On November 28 2010, Cote d'Ivoire held its Presidential election (the second round) --somehow, in a peaceful atmosphere. As of today, Cote d'Ivoire is the only country in the world to have two competing Presidents and two competing governments. We will explore how this country, which was once known for its peace and cocoa wealth, got to this point of confusion creating division of opinion within and between the Ivoirian, the African, and the International communities. The country is on the verge of a civil war, and once again, mediation after mediation sessions are being held to attempt to resolve the issue. The peace and welfare of the population should be the priority of every one, but there can not be peace and welfare without political stability.
PROGRAMS OF PRIOR YEARS
October 23, 2010 SOMPATT FORUM on African Institutions of Higher Education, held at Boston University, with the co-sponsorship of the BU African Studies Center. For the flyer announcing this event click here and for a list of the speakers click here
July 28, 2009 -- Our partner, The African Society of the National Summit
on Africe, held a WEB EVENT on July 28th, 2009
Participants could take a virtual expedition to Africa and join fellow teachers and students in a one-of-a-kind live web event! Explore the Republic of Benin, one of the most diverse areas of West Africa, with special guest His Excellency Cyrille Segbe Oguin, Ambassador to the U.S. from Benin, who will bring the diversity of the country, its people and cultures to life in an open, interactive discussion. Learn about changes taking place within Benin as the country embraces the modern challenges of democracy while honoring its heritage.
This event was sponsored by USAID, The Discovery Channel's Global Education Partnership, The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa and Discovery Education This unique online and in-person event was an extension of the ExploreAfricaToday.com initiative, featuring the AfricaToday documentary series, both of which are part of the USAID-funded Teach Africa™ program.
Teach Africa™ showcases the culture and history of Africa and underscores
the importance of its inclusion in American curricula. One-day Africa immersion
forums for more than 3,300 students were held in Atlanta, Ga., Houston, Texas,
and Los Angeles, Calif., during the past three months alone. Teach Africa™
has previously been implemented in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Penn., San
Francisco, Calif., and Portland, Ore.
The 2009 BPAF Annual meeting was held
July 9th 7-9:30pm at MIT. It featured a shared reading of the famous
1852 speech by Frederick Douglass “What,
to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” The Massachusetts
Humanities Council featured this speech in its programs for 2009. For copies
of the speech and guidelines for making good educational use of it click
The participants also discussed possible BPAF programs for the coming year, heard reports on programs of the past year, discussed other topics of interest to the participants, and tallied and announced the results of our election of the Board of Directors. The newly elected Board is to elect the Officers for the coming year.
May 12, 2009 Somalia:
A Crossroad? A FORUM FEATURING Abdul Kadir Hussein,
Founder & CEO, African Community Education Development of New England -
Paul Camacho, Associate Director, Joiner Center, UMass Boston; - Hodman Osman,
Graduate Student, UMass Boston; - Abdi Jama, President, Massachusetts Association
of Somali Students; - Amani El Jack, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies,
UMass Boston ---- Location: UMass Boston, Ryan Lounge, McCormack Hall
THIS EVENT WAS CO-SPONSORED BY The William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, The Department of Africana Studies, and The William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT BOSTON
THE AFRICAN DIASPORA PROJECT
CLICK HERE FOR DESCRIPTION
One small but significant thing we can do is help to save the next generation! And we can attempt to understand the challenge of AIDS within the context of understanding the challenges of globalization. That is why we have joined our project to the nation-wide "Campaign to End Global Apartheid and Secure Africa's Right to Health” that has been organized by Africa Action Inc.
Watch our website for future programs of this project. You may
continue to contribute to this on-going effort, by sending your contribution
to our postal box, earmarked for the "Adopt an Orphanage" project.
Click Here for more
We call your attention to a moving BBC interview with U.N. Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan,on the subject of HIV/AIDS, which aired November 28, 2003 Click here for plain text of Kofi Annan interview For a audio/visual clip of the interview BBC News URL- you must have Real Player on your computer (which you can download free from the internet if you do not already have it.)
THE AFRICA CONNECTION SERIES
KWAME NKRUMAH SAID "AFRICA MUST UNITE!" In the context of an often pernicious and imbalanced GLOBALIZATION, the emeregence of a NEW IMPERIALISM from "uberpower" arrogance, the ravages of the AIDS pandemic, and the crushing burdens of an unfair financial DEBT, and ECONOMIC and POLITICAL ISOLATION, this is even more necessary today.
African peoples around the world confront many challenges often not of
their own making, and sometimes because of their own mistakes and isolation.
This must stop. The answer is not more isolation into a new apartheid. The answer
is for African peoples and their friends and allies to collect their wits, combine
their strengths, and defend their common interests.
HOW is this to be done? Africans around the world must meet the challenges that confront them in the areas of: stopping the genocidal slaughter going on in the Darfur region of Sudan; arresting the spread and combating the ravages of the HIV/AIDS pandemic; in overcoming technological, economic and political isolation; in ending the burden of debt; in achieving sustainable development; in protecting the cultural strength of Africa's peoples around the world. Our programs aim to further the achievement of these goals.
The Boston Pan-African Forum is a local program partner with AFRICA ACTION of Washington D.C. click here for their ACTION ALERT regarding (March 04) BUSH funding proposals for fighting AIDS in Africa. For other action alerts and information on their programs, click here
BPAF was also the delegate organization for Massachusetts activities to promote the implementation of the National Plan of Action adopted at the National Summit on Africa in Washington, DC, in February 2000. The plan emphasizes 5 themes: Economic Development; Education and Culture; Environment & Quality of Life; Democracy & Human Rights; and Peace & Security. Visit the website at Click here for the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa website
TransAfrica Forum: for information regarding current programs, click here
OTHER PAST ACTIVITIES
JULY 25, 2007 PANEL: "WHAT IS AFRICA TO ME?: THE RELEVANCE OF PAN-AFRICANISM TODAY"
Elizabeth A. Sarkodie-Mensah, Ghana Association of Greater Boston
Joyce Hope Scott, Professor, Wheelock College
Moderator: Willard R. Johnson, Professor Emeritus, M.I.T.
-- PIANO CRAFT GALLERY, 791 Tremont Ave.
For information on a conference held in Ghana in August, 2007, about the history of various governmental efforts to end the Atlantic Slave Trade click here!
In 2006 we co-sponsored with the Harvard Law School Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice a symposium on the challenges facing New Orleans inhabitants displaced by the Katrina disaster.
With the SOMPATT organization, and the MIT Department of Political Science, we co-sponsored the first grand, week long SOMPATT African Diaspora Cultural Festival performance and fair. This will be a recurrent program.
In 2005 we organized a meeting of Boston area African and Caribbean organizations to foster communication and collaboration.
We co-sponsored a Jamaica Hurricane Relief program and fund-raising concert
With the Cambridge Multicultural Center and the Boston Arts Academy we co--sponsored a major program featuring a gala dinner with Hugh Masekela and the South African Ambassador to the U.S., as well as master classes by Masekela at the Arts Academy..
With the Africana Studies Program at the Univ. of Mass. Boston, we co-sponsored a conference on "Haitian Development and Public Policy: The Next Decade."
With the Northeastern Univ. AAMARP Center, we co-sponsored a day-long sumposium "Immigration and the African Diaspora."
With the U.Mass. Boston, we co-sponsored the annual M.L.King/ Amilcar Cabral Conference held on M.L. King Jr.Day.
In 2004 we co-sponsored an exhibit of contemporary South African art, titled
"A Decade of Democracy: Witnessing South Africa" at the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists 300 Walnut Street, Roxbury, MA (see the BPAF mainpage for more information)
2003 Events in THE AFRICA CONNECTIONS SERIES --
The first program was held September 15, 2003, and was co-sponsored by The MIT AFRICAN STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION. It featured presentations by Dr. Pearl Robinson of Tufts University, Mr. Reggie Jackson of Simmons College, and Mr. Michael Ofori of the Ghanaian Association of Greater Boston.
The second program in this series was held October 1st and featured three speakers brought directly from the African continent by Africa Action as part of its END GLOBAL APARTHEID CAMPAIGN. The speakers were Pholokgolo Ramothwalahabo from the South African Treatment Action Campaign; Limota Goroso Giwa from the Nigerian Baobab for Women's Human Rights organization, and Demba Dembele (Senegalese) from the continent-wide Forum for African Alternatives.
The 2003 program in the PROJECT ADOPT series was: :"ENDING GLOBAL APARTHEID" -- which featured the film "A CLOSER WALK," -- It was held on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1st, and was co-sponsored by The MIT AFRICAN STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION and AFRICA ACTION Inc.
A SPECIAL EVENT was held Oct 3, 2003 -- “Fighting for My Life” Paintings of Ndume (Erskine Johnson) Tennessee Death Row Inmate click here for more information on the Ndume program and ways to contribute
We co-sponsored the King-Cabral Conference at UMass Boston on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Boston Pan African FORUM 2002 benefit,
"Project Adopt an African Aids Orphanage"
The Boston Pan-African Forum and Roxbury Community College Student Government Association Presented:
Former President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia
at The Roxbury Community College Media Arts Building.
The Boston Pan African Forum Supported The August 17th 2002 Mobilization March On Washington In Support For Reparations.
In April, 2002, in association with The Discovery Channel and The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, the BPAF conducted a special preview of the film; THE REAL EVE For a chart of the likely route of mankinds migration out of Africa to provide the base population for all humans alive today, anywhere in the world, click here
In late 1999, the BPAF served as the organizing coordinator for the New England Regional Conferernce in preparation for the National Summit on Africa that was held in Washington, DC, in February 2000. The regional conferences, and the National Summit prepared, and adopted, a Plan of Action that emphasized 5 themes: Economic Development; Education and Culture; Environment & Quality of Life; Democracy & Human Rights; and Peace & Security. As indicated above, you can get a copy of the Plan by visiting the website for the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa website
Other previous BPAF activities have included: Sponsoring a benefit for African AIDS orphanages during World AIDS Day; hosting a reception with Tuft's University's Curriculum Co-Develop Project for visiting faculty and staff from Makerere University in Uganda and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania; organizing a memorial for the late former President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere; co-sponsoring a reception for U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, Rev. Charles Stith; co-sponsoring U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Susan Rice, and co-sponsoring a film series with the Boston Museum of Fine Artts; and sponsored a reception for
the U.N. Secretary
General, Mr. Kofi Annan,
held at the
Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists.
in the heart of Boston's black community.
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