Detroit, Feb. 27: African American History Month Annual Public Meeting

For Immediate Release

Media Advisory
Free and Open to the Public

Event: African American History Month Annual Public Meeting
Date: Saturday, February 27, 5:00-8:00pm
Topic: Black Power/White Backlash–150 Years of Struggle for National Liberation and Socialism,
Keynote Address: Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire and Contributing Editor for Workers World
Guest Speaker: Clarence Thomas ILWU Local 10
Location: 5920 Second Ave. at Antoinettee, Detroit, MI
Video: Black Power/White Backlash: CBS News Report From September 27, 1966
Dinner Served: African American Cuisine
Sponsor: Workers World Party Detroit Branch
Contact: (313) 671-3715

Please attend this year’s Annual African American History Month public meeting on Sat. Feb. 27 to assist us in celebrating and reflecting upon the galliant history of the African people in the United States who have fought against slavery, Jim Crow, national oppression, economic exploitation and other forms of discrimination and state repression. This is an annual event sponsored by Workers World Party and Workers World newspaper which is distributed in the city of Detroit.

Our keynote speaker will be Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire and a Contributing Editor for Workers World newspaper published in New York City. Azikwe will give an historical overview of the African American movement for national liberation, full equality and socialism.

Special Guest Speaker: Clarence Thomas, leader of ILWU Local 10, the militant longshore workers union in Oakland, CA, which has led numerous political strikes against police brutality, in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and against the importation of goods from apartheid South African and zionist Israel.

Some aspects of the post Civil War period and the passage of a series of Civil Rights measures such as General Sherman’s Order No. 15; the 13th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866; the 14th and 15th Amendments; will be placed in their social and political context. The African American struggle against institutional racism has continued through the 20th Century with the anti-segregation and women’s movements of the 1950s through the 1970s up until the anti-racist struggles today against police terrorism and for self-determination in public service, education and cultural affairs.

We are honored to have a special guest speaker in the personage of progressive trade unionist Clarence Thomas of the ILWU Local 10. The ILWU, and in particular Local 10, has been in the vanguard of many important struggles from the fight against apartheid in the 1980s, to demanding freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal in the 1990s, as well as other issues.

We will also feature a classic CBS News documentary from September 27, 1966 aired nationally on the African American struggle for self-determination, full equality and housing rights. The video features lumnaries of the period inlcuding SNCC Chairman Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leader of SCLC, the-then Congressional representative from Harlem Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and others.

The struggle for African American liberation has different dimensions today but harbors many similarities to the movement five decades ago extending back to the period after the Civil War. Join us in this discussion and analysis.
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