SOS! Urgent call for African diaspora help!
The Black Studies Departments at Colleges and Universities in the present were fought for in the 60s and 70s. These battles on campus, were together with the anti-war activists on those same campuses. It was 'the 60s', as Joe Williams explained in my previous forward.
At San Francisco State College the Black Students Union [Jimmy Garret et al] sponsored by Nathan Hare, and Harry Edwards at San Jose State, Marvin X at Fresno State fought these batters as an appendage to the Black rebellions occurring in the urban ghettos: 'cities aflame in the summer time': thus the armed Black Student's Rebellion at Cornel and the Black Students Alliance in Los Angeles that took on the LAPD in response to pigs raiding Carver Junior High School beating children: Harry Truley, Babu, Dedan, Harry Carey, Baba, Ndugubidi, Gumu, Melvin X.
These Black student uprisings were on the part of Black working class collage kids. They were based in Black working-class communities. Deputy Minister of Defense of the Black Panther Party, Bunchy Carter, and LA Panther Minister of Information John Jerome Huggins were assassinated at UCLA. The brothers and sisters at these colleges and universities risked their very lives, some were killed. Nathan Hare, Harry Edwards and Marvin X, among others were/are 'Blacklisted' to this day.
The objective of these struggles was not to produce 'Black professors' at class based predominantly wealth White kids at Ivy League universities, teaching 'black pride' to the White children of the ruling class. That's not so important, however. What is important, is that if the Black working class sufferings and rebellions are the basis for the 'affirmative action' programs that enables these Blacks to enter colleges and universities, as students, and stay there as professors, that they recognize that they owe the Black working class and poor, big time.
Sam Anderson in New York is teaching at Community College: he is as serious about education contributing to Black liberation today, as he was yesterday. Marvin X operates a Drug Rehabilitation Ranch. As Gil Scott said: 'No one can do everything; but, everyone can do something. Ron Keranga still has his Sunday Gatherings of Black nationalism every weekend. Whether or not I personally agree with Keranga is not the issue. The issue, is that those who exploit Black misery to get into colleges and universities, and are subsequently professional scientists or professionals need to commit themselves to eradicating poverty, but in any case teach in the 'hood at least one semester every two or three years: teach at schools in the hood. Other wise Black community workers ought to see these affirmative action self-advancing Negroes for what they are: poverty pimps.
It would be great, if the CSPAN and CNN Black professors were to commit themselves to, say every other year, teach classes in their specialty in the inner-city schools, and make a big thing of it having press presence when they do so. At these press conferences, Skip Gates, Cornel West, Angela Davis, Manning Marable and the others,
From: Sekhmet50@aol.com [mailto:Sekhmet50@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2005 7:24 PM
Subject: SOS! Urgent call for African diaspora help!
To all people who are African,
Once again we are asking for your help in saving not only another brother in crisis but also an institution of higher learning. For the last three years I have been bragging about Dr. Kofi Lomotey, President at Ft. Valley State University, a historically Black college. We finally achieved the impossible by having a centered brother over a HBCU who was determined to make changes like starting an African World Studies Institute at a "Black" institution. Dr. Lomotey began with a small push trying not to upset the negroes of Georgia, but making steady progress by adding an African lecture series for students, faculty and community. He is one of very few of our scholars who has power in a Black institution. Most of our elders are in European institutions that have African Studies/Black History departments. How is it that our people fight learning about themselves and are comfortable trying to be wannabes.
Dr. Lomotey offered his resignation today because the chancellor feels that there is a lack of support from faculty and alumni. I don't believe that these people are in the majority. Usually, the only people that are vocal are the ones who complain. Therefore, I am asking that we show the chancellor the majority - US! Please write today to the chancellor and let him know that we support Dr. Lomotey and send this to any and all of your friends that have graduated from any historically Black college or university because this is one striving for excellence by teaching our heritage and culture and not a curriculum of the oppressor. We must act now. Each day I wonder if we're going backwards rather than forwards. We need UNITY! Also, copy Dr. Lomotey to let him know that we are with him.
The addresses for each are:
Dr. Thomas Meredith, Chancellor
Office of the Chancellor
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Dr. Kofi Lomotey, President
Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030
Freya A. Rivers
Sankofa Publishing Company
3863 Waverly HIlls
Lansing, MI 48917
email@example.com - business
firstname.lastname@example.org - personal
Posted in the Spirit of Sharing & Learning
One Love & Respect Always