Newark, New Jersey – The much anticipated ‘The State of the Black World IV’ Conference will be held in Newark at the Robert Treat Hotel (50 Park Pl, Newark), from Wednesday, November 16th to Sunday, November 20th. The Newark AntiViolence Coalition will be a proud participant.
The ‘State of the Black World’ Conference is convened every four years by Dr. Ron Daniels and the Institute of the Black World.
This is the fourth conference since 2004. It is dedicated to the memory of Newark’s Amiri Baraka. It is proudly endorsed by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, the NAVC’s initiator.
Participants will coming from all over the country and will address issues ranging from Mass Incarceration, the impact of the 2016 Elections on the PanAfrican World to Reparations.
Friday evening will include a tribute to the immortal Amiri Baraka. Baraka, the seminal ‘Father of Black Arts Movement, survived being violently beaten by the police during the Newark Rebellion in 1967 only to turn around host the historic Black Power Conference several days later. He would then launch the organized efforts to apply Black Power to the electoral arena, which led to the election of Ken Gibson in 1970.
Later that year, he also organized his national organization in Atlanta, the Congress of African People. In 1972, he was key in organizing the historic National Black Political Assembly in Gary, Indiana, from which similar Black Power electoral strategies were applied in cities all across the country.
Minister Louis Farrakhan, convener of the epic Million Man March, the greatest Black anti-violence gathering in American history, will give what organizers are calling the closing ‘charge’ on Sunday.
The Newark AntiViolence Coalition (NAVC) has worked to help build the Conference.
Former media advocate Bashir Akinyele worked on the media committee and will participate in the session Mobilizing Hip Hop Activists for Empowerment.
Reverend Louise Scott-Rountree, also of the City of Newark’s Office of Clergy Affairs, will do Invocation honors for Friday evenings’ session, which will include a tribute to Amiri Baraka.
NAVC chair Keesha Eure will participate in Saturday’s follow up workshop session on Healing the Black Family:Beyond the War on Drugs.
Other prominent Newarkers participating the Conference include Frederica Bey, Professor Akil Khalfani of the Africana Institute at Essex County College and legendary Afro-Centric pioneer Professor Leonard Jeffries.
For more information about the NAVC, call (908) 605-NAVC or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the NAVC on Facebook