Educational Mission: Raising Revolutionaries
Liberation Through Reading founder Erica Caines has distributed over 1,500 books to children in several cities. “I believe in our ability to educate our own children,” said Caines, who wants to raise a generation of revolutionaries. Reading is necessary to foster “internationalism, an understanding of how we’re connected in our own liberation struggles,” she said.
US “Founders” Were Not Liberators
The founders of the United States intended to create a nation dominated by rich white men, and only the struggles of the oppressed have challenged these structures of power, said Dr Gerald Horne, one of the most prolific political authors of the 21st century. “Ultimately, the page is turning with regard to history,” Horne told the producers of a Washington Babylon podcast. “We are entering a stage of agonizing reappraisal of the origins of the United States of America.”
Racism Embedded in European Culture
Europe has not experienced a civil rights movement, as did the US, because the struggles against racial domination occurred in the colonies, not the white home countries, said journalist, writer, filmmaker and BET-France host Rakhaya Diallo. White France reacts badly to the demands of non-white citizens. “When you’re privileged, equality feels oppressive,” said Diallo.
Nurturing African Diasporic Religions
African-based religious practices persist and thrive among a range of denominations in the western hemisphere, says Eziaku Nwokocha, a Phd in Africana Studies who is working on her masters degree at Harvard Divinity School, with a focus on the material aspect of worship. “In African diasporic tradition, they might light a candle on their alter, or they might wear a particular outfit that’s connected to the divine,” she said.
Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:am ET on PRN. Length: one hour.