Message From UNIA & ACL General Counsel
President General Senghor Jawara Baye
April is National Poetry Month!
Join me at Spoken Word Open Mic Centennial
Fundraiser Featuring Precise Science.
This is a fundraiser to support the UNIA-ACL
Centennial to be held in Harlem NY August 14th thru August 17th 2014. The UNIA-ACL calls all Africans to celebrate, commemorate, consolidate and join us in providing unified solutions to our global situations. Let us pull together HARAMBEE and build a brighter future for our youth. We are honored to hear and help share the truth in the spoken word.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Davis Dance Center
6218 3rd Street, NW
7pm - 10pm
Also, join us on Sunday, April 13, 2014, for a
Centennial Rally and Mass Meeting hosted by
UNIA Divisions 330, 332, 336, 369,
and the Parent Body.
Roots Charter School/Temple of Nyame
15 Kennedy Street, NW
2pm - 5:30 pm
UNIA Convention Excerpt. Atlanta, 2012.
Videography by: Richard Shabazz
Senghor Jawara Baye, President General,
UNIA-ACL: Right of global citizenship; exercising sovereign rights as Universal African exercising sovereign citizenship without having to pin point a geographical location; disagreeing without being disagreeable, United States citizenship forced upon Black people; Universal Law; self-determination of dual citizens; right to return to Africa as expatriates and receive reparations from Africa.
I-Nia (Reginia) Rogers
UNIA & ACL General Counsel
Centennial Planning Committee Chair
Spring has arrived – FINALLY! And as I turned
my attention to this season of Spring, I was
reminded of the Harlem Renaissance – that
time when there was an “awakening” and “rebirth”of the vibrancy and uniqueness of
black art,music and literature. As he writes in his autobiography “The Big Sea”, Brother
Langston Hughes tells us that during this
Renaissance time “the Negro was in vogue”.
There were black artists earning a living and
being critically acknowledged for the work in
their fields. Even in American History, you
can today see that Black culture had a
significant influence on this period as the
American history books claim this time as “the Jazz Age.” Clearly the jazz musicians of the time were brilliant BLACK musicians such as
Duke Ellington. Whites came to hear that jazz in droves; they packed the Cotton Club on Lenox Avenue – in the heart of Harlem! And, contrary to what might be thought, Harlem was not a ghetto; it was a Black City! In his book, “Black Manhattan,” Brother
James Weldon Johnson notes that there were
200,000 Blacks living in Harlem during this period!
Although this Renaissance was a cultural renewal, it was also clearly tied to a political
and racial awakening. During this time,
“black pride” was better known and felt than in any previous time in American History.
Key to this resurrection of racial pride was the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey!
Mr. Garvey emphasized “Negro history;” he advocated Africa for the Africans, those at
home and those abroad; he stressed economic independence for the Negro masses – all of which attracted attention from the masses of Black people! Thus, he was able to harness the energy, the intention and the resources of millions of Black people! During what was considered a depressed economic time,
Mr. Garvey was able to show Black people how
to be economically and independently
To say that Mr. Garvey was like a “breath of Spring fresh air” is to understate his contributions to the upliftment of Black people. But, it is a fitting analogy to compare his works, words and deeds to the rejuvenation, renewal, rebirth, resurrection and regrowth that comes about with the season of Spring! Thus it is also fitting that this notion of “revival” is also tied
in with the theme for our Centennial Celebrations: “2014: The Centennial Renaissance of the UNIA-ACL.”
We invite you to join us from August 14 – 17, 2014, in Harlem, New York to celebrate this historic occasion. Come be renewed! Come be rejuvenated! Come and “be born again” as we share in and relive the history that started on July 20, 1914 –100 years ago! Some would say that the Winter of 2013-14 has been “terrible.” We know, however, it is just Mr. Garvey “doing his thing” – especially in this Centennial Year! Just as the Spring brings about “new growth” out of the dormancy of the winter season, with the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, riding high and strong on the whirlwind, we know that we can achieve a new beginning and new growth for the next 100 years – all under the banner
“ONE GOD! ONE AIM! ONE DESTINY!”
For more information on ADACI log on to: http://adaci.net
Easter Season and the Work of Our Ancestors
By ADACI (The African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration Institute)
Making the connection between the Christian holy day of Easter and the grassroots organizations founded by members of the African Diaspora to promote racial pride, unity, ancestral awareness, as well as other noble
goals, may seem overreaching. Very often the pious rituals of Easter are glossedover for more secular practices like coloring eggs,filling
baskets with candy and other sorts ofwhat-nots, buying new clothes and preparing huge meals
for family and loved ones. But at their core,the daily works of groups like the UNIA and ADACI are focused on the redemption and resurrection of the people of African descent.
In continuing the legacy of the Honorable
Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the Universal Negro
Improvement Association strives to redeem the
Black race through its objectives which include:
promoting the spirit of race, pride and love;
administering to and assisting the needy;
reclaiming the fallen of the race; establishing universities, colleges and secondary schools for
the further education and culture of the boys
and girls of the race; and conducting a
worldwide commercial and industrial intercourse. The UNIA also has jurisdiction of the I.E.M, the International Expatriate Movement, and is a member association of the AARC, the African Ancestral Redemption Collaborative. With these two organizations,
the UNIA is seeking to reconnect with Africans at home and abroad to provide a legal and spiritual resurrection from the continuous
subjugation and oppression that still plague
Through the observance of ceremonies and the
presentation of artistic, educational, and
cultural activities the African Diaspora
Ancestral Commemoration Institute strives to redeem and maintain the significance of our ancestors by institutionalizing the commemoration of the millions who perished during the Atlantic and other periods of enslavement. ADACI’s purpose is to celebrate the extraordinary collective fortitude of
Africans and their descendants; examine the circumstances that led to our subjection so
that it will never happen again; acknowledge
and strengthen a common bond that connects Africans around the world; and reaffirm the ability of Africans and their descendants to overcome obstacles of enormous magnitude as Africans have in the past, and fortify the inherent strength of Africans thathas enabled continued advancement. ADACI is also a member association of AARC, the collaborative efforts of several entities....all of whom acknowledge the powers and the continued support of the Ancestors.
Just as Easter is important to Christians
because it commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ and his deliverance of their sins through his shedding
of his blood; the UNIA and ADACI,
collaborating with AARC and other Pan African
institutions, continue to observe the deaths and
blood shedding of our Ancestors, and to resurrect their dignity and character in our
every day walk.
We acknowledge that we, the survivors of the
African Holocaust, stand firmly on the
shoulders of our Ancestors. We Must Remember; Respect; Reeducate; Reexamine; Redeem; Reaffirm; Rebuild; Repatriate;
Reclaim; Rededicate; Rethink; Reunite, and just as with Easter, and the celebration of the
coming /rebirth of spring, REJOICE, because
we know our victory is sure to come again!
UNIA & ACL Centennial
products are now available through
the UNIA Woodson Banneker
Jackson-Bey Division 330.
Commemorative Stamps, Coffee Mugs,
Purchases can be made via paypal to:
UNIA Division 330 at:
Commemorative Stamp Commemorative Mug
Tune in to the New
Radio Show hosted by
UNIA & ACL Members
every Friday 8pm est.
For More Information
on our Pre-Centennial
Activities and the
specific activities in
August 2014, please
visit our Centennial
You can also reach
us toll free at:
The Black Learning Channel
Homeschooling for Black Children
MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND GET HAPPY!
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