Monday, February 03, 2014

Mandela's Legacy & the Road to South African Freedom: AAHM Forum Set for Saturday Feb. 15, 5:00-8:00pm

For Immediate Release

Media Advisory
African American History Month (AAHM) 2014

Event: AAHM Forum, Sat., Feb. 15, 2014, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Topic: Nelson Mandela's Legacy and the Road to South African Freedom
Speaker: Monica Moorehead, Managing Editor of Workers World Newspaper, NYC
Commentator: Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, Detroit
Location: 5920 Second Ave. at Antoinette, Near WSU Campus, Midtown Detroit
Sponsor: Workers World Party Detroit Branch
Contact: (313) 671-3715

African American History Month Forum on "Nelson Mandela's Legacy and the Road to South African Freedom"--Featuring Monica Moorehead and Abayomi Azikiwe

Tata Madiba Nelson Rohlihahla Mandela (1918-2013) made his transition on December 5. His life was a testament to the struggle of the people of South Africa, the African continent as well as working and oppressed peoples throughout the world.

Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) during the height of the liberation movements across the continent after the beginning of World War II. Mandela along with other leaders of the ANC and the SACP organized strikes, mass demonstrations and an armed campaign of resistance aimed at overthrowing the racist and exploitative system of apartheid.

Between 1962 and 1990, Mandela and other leaders of the struggle spent years in maximum security prison. They were released only after a national and global solidarity movement arose calling for the end of apartheid and the liberation of the African majority in South Africa. The ANC took power in 1994 after the first democratic elections inside the country.

This forum will feature Monica Moorehead, managing editor of Workers World newspaper based in New York City and Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire and contributing editor for Workers World from Detroit. Both speakers have traveled to South Africa to express their solidarity with the people for national liberation and economic justice.

Come out to this African American History Month forum on Sat., Feb. 15 to learn more about the decades-long solidarity between African descendants in the United States and their brothers and sisters in South Africa. Both Moorehead and Azikiwe played a leading role in the Southern Africa solidarity struggle in the U.S. during the 1980s and 1990s.

What is the true legacy of Nelson Mandela? Why has the corporate media attempted to usurp and distort his revolutionary legacy? This program will examine these questions and discuss the lessons of the South African liberation movement and their relevance to events today in Africa, the U.S. and indeed the world.

A dinner of African American cuisine will be served. Donations will be accepted but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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