Sunday, January 24, 2016

The African Union Economic, Social, and Cultural Council 2015 Global African Stakeholders Diaspora Convention 2016 Work Product Update

The 2015 Global African Stakeholders Diaspora Convention was hosted by the African Union Economic, Social, and Cultural Council (AU ECOSOCC) — an entity composed of civil society organizations that advise the African Union (AU). 

“The greatest crime committed against my people was the transatlantic slave trade. We cannot talk about economics unless we put reparations on the table,” Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely (PhD), community mayor of Harlem and FAU Senior Queen Mother, told guests in the Chesapeake II room of the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, the second day of the convention.

Blakely counted among a slew of activists, scholars, and international leaders who spoke during the opening ceremony that morning. During her 15-minute speech, Dr. Blakely, who also serves as an ambassador of goodwill to the African continent and is Chairwoman of FAU UN Civil Society partner New Future Foundation, extolled the role of women in the Motherland’s economic growth, giving a rallying cry for African unification that included their input.
“The guiding force within you will keep you in the cradle of life [and give you the strength] to do what you’re supposed to do. Africa is what we want and is what we’ll tolerate. May you continue on the life path as we move forward,” Blakely added. Listed below is one of the work products from the convention.  It is open for additional signatories - 

BACKGROUND: In 2005, the African Union defined the African Diaspora (AU) as “... peoples of African descent and heritage living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship, and who remain committed to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.” In 2012 The AU expanded its membership to those who do not live in its established 5 regions to a 6th region by our estimate 300M people worldwide. 

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