An African Liberation Day Invitation for Yvette Carnell and the ADOS Movement
One of my criticisms of the American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) movement that Yvette Carnell and Antonio Moore have founded is that the supporters of the movement, including Yvette herself, have been very critical of Pan-Africanism, but have offered little in terms of a practical alternative to the tangible work that Pan-Africanists have been doing. Last year Yvette proclaimed that Pan-Africanism is dead, but the reality is that Pan-Africanism is not dead. This is why Yvette and so many others in the ADOS movement insist on attacking Pan-Africanism. It’s almost as if they believe that if they criticize Pan-Africanism enough Pan-Africanism will eventually go away. As I have explained in a previous article, Pan-Africanism is even more relevant and necessary now than it was in the 1960s. No matter how much Yvette and others criticize Pan-Africanism on Twitter and YouTube, Pan-Africanism is not going to just suddenly disappear.
What the ADOS movement needs to understand is that Pan-Africanism has lasted as long it has because it is a real movement. Kwame Ture spoke often about the importance of mobilization and organization. We Pan-Africanists engage in both mobilizing our people and organizing our people. I myself am a member of two Pan-African organizations. At the moment the ADOS movement is largely a social media movement. There is an ADOS conference coming up in October, but beyond that there is very little real action on the part of the ADOS movement outside of social media posts.
In a number of previous articles I have tried to correct much of the misinformation that has come out of the ADOS movement. In doing so it occurred to me that one of the reasons why people in the ADOS movement have been so critical of Pan-Africanism is due to ignorance about Pan-Africanism. Take for example this comment by Antonio Moore.
Moore is trying to use the experience of a single Kenyan individual to make the general statement that African is not a conscious identity marker for people on the African continent. If that is true then how does one explain the African National Congress in South Africa or the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party that Kwame Nkrumah organized while he was in Guinea? As I said, comments like this from Moore and others in the ADOS movement come from a place of ignorance about Pan-Africanism. It is for this reason that I would like to invite Yvette Carnell, Antonio Moore, and others in the ADOS movement who have been critical of Pan-Africanism to join us in mobilizing for African Liberation Day on May 25th.
Last year I was one of the participants in Africans Risings’ global African Liberation Day initiative. Together we coordinated African Liberation Day events in over 50 different countries across the African continent and the African diaspora. As I said, as Pan-Africanists we are engaged in creating organizations and in mobilizing our people to take action and to become actively engaged.
Africans Rising is once again coordinating global African Liberation Day events. The theme for 2019 is focused on speak up against slavery and ending human trafficking. This seems like a very relevant theme to the mission of the ADOS movement, which is seeking redress for the descendants of those Africans who were inhumanely enslaved in the United States.
Pan-Africanism is about fostering a spirit of unity among people of African descent and it is in this spirit of unity that I am inviting Yvette Carnell and others in the ADOS movement that have been critical of Pan-Africanism to join us in mobilizing our people for African Liberation Day. My hope is that in doing so the ADOS movement will realize that Pan-Africanism is very much alive and that the African American struggle for justice does not have to be an isolated struggle.
Dwayne is the author of several books on the history and experiences of African people, both on the continent and in the diaspora. His books are available through Amazon. You can also follow Dwayne on Facebook and Twitter.