State of the Black World Conference scheduled

Actor Danny Glover will be the honorary chairman at the State of Black World Conference
Actor Danny Glover will be the honorary chairman at the State of Black World Conference

Conference will study how the war on drugs affected black families


By Frederick H. Lowe

Actor Danny Glover will serve as honorary chairman for the Pan African Institute’s State of the Black World Conference IV in November.

Attendees will discuss a wide-range of topics, including healing the black family after the war on drugs and the implications of the U.S. presidential election on black America and the Pan African World.

The five-day conference, which is scheduled from the 16th through the 20th in Newark, N.J., will also focus on the struggle for democracy and development in Africa, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

A major town hall will be devoted to exploring developments in the U.S. and the global reparations movements.

Two conference speakers are Sir Hilary Beckles, author of “Britain’s Black Debt: Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide,” and Mirelle Fanon Mendes, chairman of Frantz Fanon Foundation of France, and the daughter of Frantz Fanon, MD.

Need to heal black families

The goal for each session is to address the critical need to heal and repair African-American families, black communities and nations from centuries, generations and ongoing damages inflicted by enslavement, colonialism, segregation, discrimination, racial violence, repression, oppression, exploitation as a consequence of white supremacy and structural/institutional racism.

Each session is intended to explore intentionally ways to draw on cultural, spiritual, historical and institutional strengths to enhance or to devise collaborative strategies and models for black empowerment.

The conference headquarters is the Robert Treat Best Western Plus Hotel in Newark. The telephone number for making reservations is 973 622 1000. The Institute Black World discount room code is 7228.

The overflow hotel is the Double Tree Hilton Airport Hotel also located in Newark. That hotel’s telephone number is 800 222 8773. The Institute Black World discount room code is SOBWC.

Conference registration is $150. For information about the registration, call 888 774 2921. The email address is

The Institute of the Black World 21st Century is based in Elmhurst, N.Y.


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