Monday, October 28, 2013

Avenging The Ancestors Coalition Meeting EXCELLENT!!!

Five years ago I used to attend the meetings at Avenging The Ancestors Coalition when they were held at the Women's Christgian Center in North Philadelphia. The meetings were held to bring the community together to look back at the slaves held by the First President of the United States George Washington and how we as a community of activists and Black community members should go about honoring them.  What came out of years of work, headed by Attorney Michael Coard, was a memorium down at the First White House near 5th and Market Street to honor them.  Several thousands of dollars were raised and the memorial still stands today.

I recently attended a meeting of Avenging the Ancestors Coalition and the meetings were great back some five years ago, but now they are just excellent!!!  They have matured as this grass-roots, People-First Organization has grown.  They start out with an honoring of the African Ancestors through a process called pouring libations; People come together and hold hands and honor our family leaders, regular people and activists gone by who did so much to get us where we are today.

A bit later several communty people gave reports on several issues tthey were dealing with.  Meetings were announced such as: The Radio Courtroom being on Wednesdays and Sundays at 12 Noon on WURD Radio; A meeting on Religion and Black Folk on Saturday the 2nd of November with Professor Molefi Asante at his center on Germantown Avenue; A November 8th Town Hall Meeting and Strategy Session at 6 P.M. at the Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond Street in North Philadelphia; and a Day of Awareness to pay homage to Activist Assata at the Calvery Church at 48th and Baltimore avenue, FROM 2 p.m. TO 6 p.m.  There were also reports by City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and the Mayor's Chief of Staff, Everette Gillison. 

I had to leave early, but I totally enjoyed the professional nature of the meeting and the vital information the Sisters and Brothers gave out. 

This article is being edited and will be finalized later today or tomorrow.....

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