By Tashi McQueen,
AFRO Political Writer,
Members of the Baltimore NAACP joined Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) and Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott to raise awareness about the State of the Black World Conference V.
“I’m asking all of Baltimore to come out and attend a once in a lifetime experience right here at our convention center,” said Mayor Scott. “Stay, listen and learn about what’s happening with your brothers and sisters around the world because this is the only way that Black people are going to come together and be the best version of ourselves.”
The international conference will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center and the Hilton Inner Harbor Hotel from April 19 – 23, under the theme “Global Africans Rising, Empowerment Reparations and Healing.”
“We are calling on all of Baltimore and people across the state of Maryland, to come to Baltimore for this conference,” said Kobi Little, president of the Baltimore NAACP. “It’s an opportunity for us to address the attacks on Black political power. It is an opportunity for us to build Black unity.”
Black leaders are inviting all Marylanders to be a part of Baltimore’s legacy in Black history.
“We’re actually marking the return of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century to Baltimore,” said Daniels. “In 1994, the African American Progressive Action Network (AAPAN), a group of activists and organizers and scholars, held their first state of the race conference here. It was an effort to begin the process of building an action oriented African centered think tank.”
AAPAN was the core group that began what is now IBW.
Daniels outlined goals of the conference and conversations attendees can look forward to at the announcement.
“A major goal of this five day conference is to strengthen the surging U.S. and global reparations movement,” said Daniels. “Equally important, we will address a series of key things that affect African people and people of African descent in this country and around the world.”
Topics will include “the war on drugs, mass incarceration, gun violence, environmental justice, climate change, safe, clean and accessible water as a human right.”
International leaders such as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, of the Republic of Ghana, and Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, of Barbados, will be in attendance.
Register at ibw21.org/initiatives/state-black-world-conferences/.
Tashi McQueen is a Report For America Corps Member.