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KUMBUKA: Remembering...African & African American Presence in New Orleans

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January 18, 2018

Greetings ALL,

We hope that you are safe and well. The NOAAHA Committee had a Conference Call this morning to determine if we should move forward with the Kumbuka Conference. Given the current Winter Weather Conditions, the Committee has decided to “Reschedule” the Conference in the Spring 2018.

As safety is our main concern for all of the Presenters and attendees, a number of factors have influenced our decision, including the “boil water” advisory for the Eastbank New Orleans area, ground and air travel conditions, and University closures.

The Mission of the KUMBUKA Conference IS to impact the Greater New Orleans area significantly. Our Story must be Told, Heard, and Passed On!

LOOK FOR US SOON!


KUMBUKA: Remembering 300 Years and Counting...

The African & African American Presence in New Orleans

(Free and Open to the General Public)



Conference Rationale

May, 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Preparations are being made to commemorate this historic milestone by the city of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana. The city and the state are making plans to further sanitize, falsify and romanticize the history of the city’s oppressor social class and its local state apparatus, and the history of the oppressed African and African-American people.

The African and African – American people have waged a 300 year struggle for freedom and equality against this oppressor social class and its local state apparatus. Black people have lived under the rule of the white oppressor class which has been a dictatorship of the oppressors, or a dictatorship of the rich. This dictatorship enriched the oppressor class immensely. The struggle for freedom and equality culminated into a tenacious war, the Civil War, that defeated chattel slavery and liberated the former enslaved Africans. But counterrevolution would get the upper hand during Reconstruction and rescind the progressive reforms won after the Civil War. It would take 100 years to regain what the freedmen and women had lost. Although, Black people would regain some of these democratic liberties again, complete emancipation has not been achieved today.

Within the African and African American struggle for freedom and equality, there has always been two visions, or two thoughts in struggle with each other as to the road to complete emancipation. This conference will focus on the history of those two roads: Reform vs. Revolution.

Before the victory of the Civil War and after the triumph of counterrevolution during Reconstruction, two roads toward complete emancipation have been debated since the 1860’s – to today. The conference shall examine both of these roads, their aims, their visions and those that champion their respective programs.

In the course of the conference, we shall travel from the Congo to the Caribbean to New Orleans.

Conference Objective

The objective of the conference is to cultivate a better understanding of which road will lead to complete emancipation today.


Itinerary of Events


WEDNESDAY JANUARY 17, 2018 - Reservation Required

HIDDEN HISTORY TOUR ($60, Includes Lunch)

RESERVATION & INFO CALL MR. LEON A. WATERS: 504-432-9901

9AM-1PM - TOUR - NEW ORLEANS BLACK HISTORY TOUR

Depart: 501 Basin St. (Basin St. Parking Lot)


THURSDAY JANUARY 18, 2018

Amistad Research Center at 6 PM

Tilton Memorial Hall

Tulane University

6823 St. Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA.


1. Dr. Kara Olidge, Director Amistad Research Center

2. Jesus “Chucho” Garcia, Consulate General of Venezuela

3. Freddi Evans, Author, Educator


FRIDAY JANUARY 19, 2018

Conference Center

Southern University at New Orleans

6400 Press Drive

New Orleans, LA


FEATURED SPEAKERS & PANEL SESSION

Moderator: Monique Moss, Artistic Director & Choreographer for The Third Eye Theatre Interdiscliplinary and Improvisational Performance Company


8 – 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks

9 – 11:45 AM SESSION 1: DAY OF THE ARTS – REVOLUTION VS. REFORMATION


1. "Resistance Highlighted in Congolese Performing Arts"

Titos Sompa, Artistic Director Mbongi Dance Theater Project

2.Significant Black Women Artists in New Orleans History: Their Contributions, Impact and Legacy”

Tommye Myrick, President of Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre Company

3. “The Arts – The Struggle of Reform vs Revolution”

Kalamu ya Salaam, Author, Educator, Activist


12 – 1:15PM – COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH & PANEL SESSION

Moderator: Dr. Kara Olidge, Director of the Amistad Research Center


“The Work That Cultural Art Administrators Have On the Road to Emancipation – Reform or Revolution”

Featured Panelists

Carole Bebelle, Co-Founder & Director at Efforts of Grace, Inc.

Greer E. Mendy, Founder of Tekrema Center for the Arts and Culture


1:30 – 3PM SESSION 2 CULTURE – LECTURE/DEMONSTRATION

Moderator: Kalamu ya Salaam

Featured Lecturers - Demonstrators

Mariama Curry, Artisitic Director of Kulu Childrens Traditional African Dance Co.

Sunni Patterson, Poet, Activist


“The Roots, Progress and Development of New Orleans Derived African American Classical Music (Jazz)”

Dr. Michael White, Clarinetist, Musicologist

Shaka Zulu Chief Yellow Pocahontas


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Conference Center

Southern University at New Orleans

6400 Press Drive

New Orleans, LA.


Featured Speakers

8 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9AM Welcome and Opening Remarks


9AM – 11:45 AM SESSION 1: THE ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL STRUGGLE: PAST AND PRESENT

Moderator: Dr. Clyde Robertson, Director of the Center for African & African American Studies at Southern University at New Orleans


1. “Maroonage-Early Forms of Self-Determination-before 1865”

Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf, Historian of the African Diaspora

2. “The Social and Civic Struggle – 1865-1900”

Jari Honora, Co-Founder of CreoleGen


3. “ The Political Struggle – 1900-1950’s”

Dr. George Amedee, Professor of Political Science at Southern University at New Orleans

4. “The Political Struggle – 1950’s – Today”

Malcolm Suber, Co-Founder of Takem Down


12 PM Noon - 1:15PM LUNCH $20 (Cash, Credit and Debit Card Accepted)

1. "African Influence in the Culinary Arts"

Zella Palmer, Culinary Historian


1:30 PM - TBA SESSION 2: THE ECONOMIC STRUGGLE - 1865 - TODAY

1. “The Economic Struggle – 1865- Today”

Leon A. Waters, Chairperson of Louisiana Museum of African American History


Click the following links for more info:

1. New Orleans African American History Alliance Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/New-Orleans-African-American-History-Alliance-392044637904254/

2. Amistad Research Center

http://www.amistadresearchcenter.org

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