Hosted by Workers World Party – Michigan
5920 Second Avenue, Detroit, 5-8 P.M.
Event: African American History Month Annual Forum
Date: Sat. Feb. 24, 5:00-8:00pm
Location: 5920 Second Avenue at Antoinette, Detroit
Speaker: Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire
Speaker: Mond Sankara: Workers World Party youth leader
Sponsor: Workers World Party Detroit Branch
Dinner Served: African American Cuisine
Admission: This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
Theme: Counterinsurgency, Rebellion and Revolution from 1968-2018
Workers World Party Detroit Branch is sending out this invitation to all people throughout the area to join us in our annual celebration of African American History Month.
This year represents the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr., the Civil Rights, Social Justice and Antiwar leader killed in Memphis on April 4, 1968 while working in solidarity with an African American sanitation workers’ strike demanding recognition as a labor union. Dr. King was mobilizing for the Poor Peoples Campaign when he was assassinated. The manifestation was aimed at occupying Washington, D.C., acting on the urgency for jobs, a guaranteed annual income, food, universal healthcare, political empowerment and the end to institutional racism.
In honor of the valiant history of the African American people we will examine some of the important historical and contemporary issues facing activists in the present period.
–1968: The Year of the Heroic Guerrilla
–The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Role of the
–Rebellions Erupt in 125 Cities After the Death of MLK
–Counterintelligence Program Black Nationalist Hate Groups
–Comparisons of the COINTELPRO Key Black Extremists of 1967-68 to the Black Identity Extremists FBI Memo of 2017
–The Poor People’s Campaign from 1968 to 2018
–Our Task Today in Building the African American Revolutionary Movement and Proletarian Internationalism
Also we will present film clips on the building of the Poor Peoples Campaign during the early months of 1968. In addition, we want to discuss some of the important Black historic sites in Detroit emphasizing the need to preserve the legacy of the Underground Railroad, Labor Movement, Civil Rights Movement, Rebellions and Political Empowerment efforts since the 19th century.
All African American comrades are encouraged to participate through presentations, art work, social media and other forms of outreach. The branch and the public as a whole can also assist through outreach and logistical support, streaming, etc.