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April 5-7th 2013 (gregorian calendar), I was finally given the opportunity to present at the MAGNIFICENT SANKOFA CONFERENCE.
This conference, which has been around for 23 years is theeeeeeeee most unapologetic & most uncompromisingly Afrikan centered in the u.s. and I have been in attendance for at least 10-11 of them.
I was placed on the NATIONBUILDING workshop track C with 2 other brilliant 'new jack' scholars:
Dr. Kwasi Konadu (author of numerous books, most recently THE AKAN DIASPORA IN THE NEW WORLD) his website is dafricapress.com
Dr. Kimathi Carr (who we interviewed here some months ago, so please check our archives) who is also the head of the Africana Studies department at Howard University.
The title of our workshop was TO BE AFRIKAN
Some of the questions we were asked to address were:
Can a norm be established for the cultural identity of afrika; one that identifies and describes the fundamental features of Afrikanity including its moral/ethical principles, its ontological/spiritual conceptions, its organizing and governing principles, its language structure...?
Sub themes: What internal (psycho-social, philosophical, political, moral....) factors were instrumental in the decline of the kmt civilization?
What external features (geography, climate, alien incursion, wars...) contributed to the decline of kemetic civilization?
What philosophical, moral, and governing features of kmt (Gikuyu, Ndi igbo, Shona, Kongo, Tallensi...) are apparent or replicated in traditional practice?