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President Dudley Thompson, WADU (1945 5th PAC Participant)
African Union representatives urge Diaspora to “Get Organize”
"The African Diaspora must be organized" to advance Africa in the 21st century, stressed Dr. Jinmi Adisa to leaders of the African Diaspora during the African Union/Diaspora forum in New York from October 21-22, 2010. The forum was led by Dr. Adisa, the head of the African Union (AU) African Citizens Directorate (CIDO), Ambassador Tete Antonio, AU Representative to the United Nations (UN); Ambassador Madame Salum Ali of the AU Office in Washington, D.C. Also a key speaker was His Excellency Brian Bowler of Malawi, representing both the U.N. and the current Chairman of the African Union, Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika,
Some Diaspora delegates to the AU meeting were Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Baba John Watusi Branch, Nana Farika Berhane, Omowale Clay, Queen Mother Blakely, Randy Weston, Dr. Chika Onyeani and Queen Quet. Some of the key issues raised at the forum were Diaspora African citizenship, economic partnership, women and youth empowerment, African Latino
involvement, and the establishment of an African Diaspora task force to work with the AU.
The two-day AU affair coincided with the annual WADU Diaspora commemoration of the famed 1945 5th Pan African Congress (PAC) that led to the freedom and independence of African people worldwide. The current OAU/AU is a continuation of the Pan African Movement that was formally launched at the 1900 Pan African Congress with the influence of African nationalism in the late 19th century, at the height of European invasion of Africa.
At the WADU 5th PAC “Decade for Development” anniversary forum on Saturday October 23, 2010 at City College in Harlem, NY, WADU Vice President Dr. Leonard Jeffries gave greetings from His Excellency Dudley Thompson, President of WADU, stating
that this historic moment is “to finally pull African people together to rebuild after centuries of isolation and destruction.” Ambassador Dudley Thompson was a participant of the 5th Pan African Congress in 1945. During the forum, Baba Watusi Branch, WADU Chief Secretariat, declared that with this new opportunity “we must act decisively to promote Pan African economics by increasing Diaspora investments and trade with Africa.”
Other meetings to commemorate the PAC 65th anniversary were held across the African Diaspora, such as Washington, DC and at the historic Clark Atlanta University (CAU) in Atlanta, Georgia. At the forum at CAU, Dr. Joyce King, WADU Commissioner of Education, who also holds the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning & Leadership at GA State University, called on the great spirit of Dr. Asa Hilliard, for Africans to "build Pan African education system that recovers our language, lost memories, and reconnect us to our historical consciousness as a global African family." WADU has urged the African Union to join in partnership with Diaspora Black universities for the building of a Pan African university system.
Also in Atlanta, WADU Chair, Reverend Dr. Ndugu T’Ofori-Atta called for peace and justice action in partnership with the AU in conflict ravaged areas of the African world such as Haiti, Columbia, the Congo, and the Sudan. He recommended that significant personalities of
the African Diaspora such as Danny Glover, Rita Marley and Pele be tapped as Diaspora ambassadors for peace and development.
Finally, during the forum in Washington, D.C., WADU Executive Council leader, Nana Farika Berhane called for an immediate follow-up to the recent AU proposals stating "Diaspora leaders must act now and in unity." Farika was a participant of the recent AU meeting in NY, the official Diaspora representative at the OAU 6th PAC in 1974 and an organizer for the 7th PAC under Dr. John Henrik Clarke in the 1990’s.
WADU was initiated in Atlanta, Georgia by James Small, current head of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), as a charge from the 2004 Africa/African Diaspora Intellectual Conference in Senegal, led by Dr. Molefi K. Asante. WADU was formalized in 2007 by His Excellency Dudley Thompson, Elombe Brath, Dr. Leonard Jeffries and Nana Yaa Farika Berhane in Jamaica. Since then WADU has established itself as a formidable organization across the Diaspora to unite the African Diaspora with Africa. This recent meeting with AU occurred after WADU led a delegation to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for its annual summit to pressure the AU on the significance of working with the African Diaspora, for the rebuilding of Africa.
For more information on WADU annual Executive forum this January 2011 in Florida or the AU/UN report to the Diaspora, please contact WADUPAM.Org, WADUSEC in NY at 718-523-3312, (WADUSEG) in Georgia at 404-527-7756.
World African Diaspora Union (WADU)
Mr. John Watusi Branch/Minister P.D. Menelik Harris