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Happy Tuesday!

We’re over three years into it, and few people know about it. The media have disregarded it. But we, Black people, cannot afford to ignore it.

The International Decade for People of African Descent was launched more than three years ago in January 2015 by the United Nations. It was designed to raise public awareness about the challenges facing people of African ancestry all around the world—challenges that are eerily similar and increasingly urgent.  

The Black men and women who fought so hard for this decade-long observance did us a great service. They are calling the world to look with fresh eyes at the Transatlantic Trafficking in Human Beings, which the U.N. describes as “the largest forced migration in history, and undeniably one of the most inhumane.” They are urging the world to recognize that the descendants of the victims of enslavement, people of African ancestry all over the world, are today among the “poorest and most marginalized groups” who “have limited access to quality education, health services, housing and social security, … and all too often experience discrimination in their access to justice, and face alarmingly high rates of police violence, together with racial profiling.”

This Decade has the potential to help the world see that the oppression of Black people has, in many ways, been unbroken. It urges us to look at Black people in the light of events that occurred centuries ago–but are still reverberating today.

Taking this Decade seriously can help us make the necessary connections between today’s decision in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, calling the police officer’s point blank shooting of Alton Sterling “justified” and “reasonable,”  to this month’s brutal killings of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California, and Danny Ray Thomas in Houston, Texas, and the assassination of Mariella Franco in Brazil.





Focusing on the Decade can help us see how Afrophobia in Europe is like anti-Black racism in China and India which is also like the “soft” bigotry of anti-Blackness in Latin America. It can also help shed much-needed light on the ways in which anti-Blackness manifests itself even among African people. Consider Ghana, for example, in which “recent headlines of pregnant women swallowing pills in a bid to create lighter skinned babies ignited fresh horror, outrage and grave concern plus a campaign from Ghana’s FDA.”

The Decade also presents an excellent opportunity for Black people across the Diaspora to use technology to reach out to each other, share our stories and experiences, and begin to work together more closely to develop a common global response to address the common global challenges we face.

The mass media, in the United States and abroad, will not raise awareness about the Decade.

The International Decade for People of African Descent will not reach its full potential unless WE make it happen.

Let’s make it happen.

Let’s start talking it up! Use the resources here!

Share this message with your family and friends and ask them to pass it on. Encourage the leaders of the local and national Black organizations to which you belong to promote the International Decade and highlight it in the materials and resources they produce in the coming years. Adopt a more international focus in Black history celebrations.

Join and encourage your family and friends to participate in the #ImAfricanBornIn_____________.WeAreOne online campaign– coming May 20-26, 2018—by sharing what it’s like to be African where you are.

Why? Because wherever we find ourselves, we, Black people, face similar and difficult challenges–precisely because we are of African ancestry. Our common challenges demand a common response. It is our responsibility to work together to pave the way to that response.

Our children—and our ancestors—are waiting.

 –Enola G. Aird, CHN Founder and President

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