The 5th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium will be held this Friday, March 21st, at Atlanta University Center. Venezuelan Activist Jesus “Chucho” Garcia will provide the keynote address: “Walter Rodney’s Pan-Africanism and Its Meaning in the 21st Century.”
One of Venezuela’s foremost experts on the Afro-Venezuelan community and a life-long activist against racism, Garcia is a founding member and current Director of International Affairs for the Afro-Venezuelan Network. He is President of the Afroamerican Foundation in Caracas, Venezuela, and editor of the journal, Africamerica. In addition, he is involved in updating of the Venezuelan Constitution, working to incorporate representation of Venezuela’s African descendents into the revisions.
The Rodney Symposium will be held from 9 AM–3:30 PM at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Louis W.Sullivan National Center for Primary Care, 720 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, Ga. There will be two scholarly panels with faculty and students from colleges and universities from Southeastern states and the Atlanta area. A faculty panel will discuss “Walter Rodney and the Challenge of Being a Pan-African Scholar Activist Today “and a student panel will address “The Relevance of Walter Rodney to Scholarship and Activism.”
The Symposium will conclude with an evening program from 6 PM-9 PM at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, 111 James P. Brawley Drive SW, Atlanta, Ga. In addition to Garcia’s keynote address, there will be a preview of filmmaker Clairmont Chung’s documentary on Walter Rodney; book signing of Dangerous Times: The Assassination of Dr. Walter Rodney by Gabriehu; and cultural presentations of music and poetry by Corey Harris, Ras Kofi and Oumar Cherif Diop
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