October is Maafa Awareness Month
"Addressing the Residual Psychological Affects of Enslavement:
How Does One Heal the Trauma?"
Thursday, October 27, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Malonga Casquelourd Center, Oakland
We Remember You
The Middle Passage and all that we went though,
We're Still Here … Lest we forget
Our heads to the sky … We cry … Why?
- For the Millions -
©2005 Dana Austin-Sockwell, Brother Clint, Roberta J. Roberson
Oakland, CA, October 23, 2005 -- October is Maafa Awareness Month in the City of Oakland and the County of Alameda, which means City and County officials support events which further the understanding of how the Middle Passage and trauma of the Transatlantic Slave Trade continues to impact American society.
The Commemoration of The MAAFA (pronounced MAH-AH-FAH) began as a movement to commemorate the more than 100 million Africans lost during a period in history known as the Middle Passage and the hundreds of years of enslavement that followed the voyage from Africa to America. Dr. Marimba Ani introduced the term MAAFA, a Kiswahili word for "great calamity, disaster, catastrophe, or tragedy," into contemporary scholarship in her seminal work Let the Circle Be Unbroken in an effort to succinctly redefine the horror formerly known as the Middle Passage.
On Thursday, October 27, Alameda County Maafa Awareness Month activities conclude with a panel discussion on: "Addressing the Residual Psychological Affects of Enslavement: How Does One Heal the Trauma?" The panel discussion will take at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street in Oakland from 7 PM – 10 PM. The panel will feature Professor and African Studies Scholar, Theophile Obenga, Ph.D.; Oakland City Council person, Desley Brooks; Psychologist, Rita Bobino, Ph.D.; Professor of African Diaspora Studies, Manu Ampim, MA; Nursing and Public Health Professional, Aduni Luckett, MPH. The event is free and open to the public.
Oakland Maafa organizer Wanda Sabir states, "The Maafa is not about personalities or individual desires; it's about community, the "we." And in order for there to be a "we," we have to trust each other, which comes from our honoring our commitments, keeping our word and being honest, even if we are at fault. These are crucial steps in our unification and development as an African Diaspora people."
For more information call, (510) 261-8436.