“If happiness is defined in the context of society, then happiness becomes that feeling which an individual derives, from a given economic, political and cultural context, that he is in a position to make good his aspirations.” Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the undisputed leader of the African Revolution
Pan-Africanism is the key to Black Power, it is as Kwame Ture reminded us constantly, the highest form of Black Power, although Pan-Africanism does not recognize skin color as the indicator of the quality of the particular human being. As Nkrumah's great associate, Pres. Seku Ture observed at 6-PAC in Tanzania (1974), "Mobutu is the enemy of Africa and Fidel Castro is the great friend of Africa", and as Malcolm observed, after attending the 1964 Organization of African Unity meeting Cairo Egypt, that light skin Algerian revolutionaries were instrumental in his dropping of the concept of Black Nationalism for the more inclusive concept of African Nationalism in the context of Pan-Africanism. As did Garvey in his great praise of the contribution of Vladmir Lenin to the people of Russia upon Lenin's untimely death...and at the same time Pan-Africanism is the guarantor of the liberation, freedom and prosperity for the majority of black people where ever we are in the world. The only person, no matter what their skin color, hue or tone, who would oppose Pan-Africanism, is a person who does not want to see us free. Does not want to see us prosperous. Does not want us to be liberated, does not want us to be united, does not want us to have justice and every possible human right...in short, a person who works for our enemies, either out of complete ignorance, or because they are conscious lackeys of the white power system that runs the world, capitalist imperialism...the direct descendant of slavery and colonialism.
In short such a person does not want us to be happy, happy in the sense that Nkrumah defined it in the quote at the start of this post.
Now down to current business....
I have been informed by the All-African Peoples' Revolutionary Pary ALD Task-force that the theme for ALD 2009 is:
HONOR NKRUMAH: THE GLOBAL CRISIS CALLS FOR GLOBAL UNITY.
BUILD ONE UNIFIED SOCIALIST AFRICA!
This is in honor of the greatest African leader in modern history, and perhaps the greatest of all times. The A-APRP decision shows its dedication to our liberation as it is given every one of us the platform by which we can help our people understand, fight and eventually defeat the powerful fascist, imperialist, racist system that has oppressed us for more than a half millennium. From the four corners of our beloved home, Africa, to the streets of Europe and the Americas, we are constantly victimized, raped, murdered, enslaved by the capitalist neo-colonial system that is the essence of the criminal system that has succeeded chattel slavery and old fashion colonialism. As the Chair of the All-African Peoples' Revolutionary Pary ALD Task-force said about the theme: "I believe all these issues are coming together and as propagandists this is the best opportunity for us to educate, mobilize and organize."
Take a moment and study what Malcolm told us about Africa and its diaspora, and what we had to do, study what Garvey said, what DuBois said, and go back and look at Sister Assata's quote on her recognition that she is a part of the world of Africa...and then you will know what to do.
I strongly urge everyone, not just those interacting with this forum, but everyone involved with the Assata Shakur speaks network, from the leadership to the most casual visitor, to work to make the 2009 ALD a great success and to enshrine the call to fight our enemies with all their hearts and with the fullest capacities of their minds and body. Please publicize the A-APRP ALD activity and if you cannot attend one of their activities, do something in support of the ideological and organizational concepts inherent in the party's call wherever you are in the world and whatever your particular situation will facilitate. Do it for our ancestors and our progeny.
“What is Black Power? By Black Power we mean the power of the four-fifths of the world population which has been systematically damned into a state of underdevelopment by colonialism and neo-colonialism. In other words, Black Power is the sum total of the economic, cultural and political power which the black man must have in order to achieve his survival in a highly developed technical society, and in a world ravaged by imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism and fascism. “
Message to the Black People of Britain
The Struggle Continues
“The close links forged between African and peoples of African descent over half a century of common struggle continue to inspire and strengthen us. For although the outward forms of our struggle may change, it remains in essence the same, a fight to the death against oppression, racism and exploitation. “
The Spectre of Black power, Panaf Books, London, 1968, Introduction
“Black Power is part of the world rebellion of the oppressed against the oppressor, the exploited against the exploiter… It is linked with the Pan-African struggle for unity on the African continent, and with all those who strive to establish a socialist society. “
Ibid., p. 10
“Black Power gives the African-American an entirely new dimension. It is a vanguard movement of black people, but it opens the way for all oppressed masses. “
Ibid., p. 12
“It must be understood that liberation movements in Africa, the struggles of Black Power in America or in any other part of the world, can only find consummation in the political unification of Africa, the home of the black man and people of African descent throughout the world. “
“Black Power epitomizes a new stage of revolutionary consciousness of the yearning and aspiration of the black man.” Ibid.
“Real black freedom will only come when Africa is politically united. It is only then that the black man will be free to breathe the air of freedom, which is his to breathe, in any part of the world.”
Ibid., p. 8
*** “The spectre of Black Power has taken shape and its material presence fights to end the exploitation of man by man” Kwame Nkrumah, The Spectre of Black Power, Introduction***