African Diaspora Council Inc. (ADC Inc.) is a
vocal organ established to mobilize anyone with African heritage in the
Diaspora into a united body. As a social advocacy institution, it offers educational,
financial, and social advocacy services. We foster and nurture positive image
and identity through presentation of Cultural and Artistic projects that
instill pride in the African diaspora communities. Through media development
programs we are the voice on social, sustainable economic, and development
issues both nationally and internationally.
UPLIFT YOUR NEIGHBOR-AAIM PANEL DISCUSSION
AL MITCHELL, PRESIDENT MONSANTO FUND
VALERIE BAYES, MONSANTO STEM ENGAGEMENT LEAD
MICHAEL MCMILLAN, PRESIDENT URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS
MICHAEL KODJO ANANI, FOUNDER/PRESIDENT AFRICAN DIASPORA COUNCIL, INC
LOCATION: MONSANTO'S CREVE COEUR CAMPUS, 800 NORTH LINDBERGH BOULEVARD
DATE & TIME: THURSDAY, SEPT 8, 2016
3PM TO 6PM
Defining the African Diaspora
The modern African Diaspora consists of millions of peoples of African descent living in various societies who are united by a past based significantly, but not exclusively upon ‘racial’ oppression and the struggles against it; who, despite the cultural variations, political and other divisions among them share an emotional bond with one another and with their ancestral continent. They are people who; regardless of their location, face broadly similar problems in constructing and realizing themselves.
The construction of a Diaspora is an organic process involving movement from an ancestral land, settlement in new lands and sometimes re-settlement elsewhere. ADC Inc. seeks to answer some provocative questions that will illuminate the process at work among the peoples of African descent, who are still venturing to construct themselves and command their destiny. Regardless of their location, members of the Diaspora share an emotional attachment to their ancestral land and are cognizant of their dispersal and if conditions warrant of their oppression and alienation in the countries in which they reside.
They also tend to possess a sense of ‘racial, ethnic, or religious identity that transcends geographical boundaries to share broad cultural similarities, and sometimes articulate a desire to return to their homeland. .
African Diaspora Council Inc. is at the forefront of the community, helping to shape a better future of tomorrow today in the U.S. as well as around the World.
The definition used here of "African community" is largely cultural and does not describe a single monolithic group. On the contrary, for us, African means any person living in the United States, or in the world, with an African heritage. In addition, it also includes anyone with a vision to help promote development in Africa.
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