Slavery & Colonialism: Long Legacies

3/4/22, 12:00 AM

About the Class

Prof. Don Rojas educates us about the Pan-African framework of resistance to slavery and colonialism, and their legacies, stretching from the distant past to our contemporary times. He explains how emancipation process designed to benefit slave-owners and to further disenfranchise Black communities, and the ongoing systems of racial oppression that resulted, are being challenged today through reparations activism across many countries.

"I will try to point out in in terms of the long legacies of slavery and colonialism. Not only in the US, but around the world, those legacies persist today those legacies of inequality and disparity have been handed down from generation to generation. They are real in our contemporary life, they are at the basis of everything that we struggle against whether we are involved in the black lives matter movement or the Labor movement. Or the peace movement or the women's movement, all of these movements are linked, in one way or another."
Don Rojas (National African American Reparations Commission)

About the speaker

Don Rojas (National African American Reparations Commission)

Director of Communications and International Relations, Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Don Rojas is an elder stateman of the international and Pan-African struggle for reparatory justice. He served as Director of Communications for Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, the People’s Revolutionary Government of Grenada. He was editor of the New York Amsterdam News. Rojas served as Executive Director of Free Speech Television. He is Senior Advisor to Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor/President of the University of the West Indies; Director of Communications and International Relations, Institute of the Black World 21st Century; Founder of the award-winning digital magazine, The Black World Today; and Director of Communications for the National Office of the NAACP.

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