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Black August: Standing In Global Solidarity

August 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Black August originated in the concentration camps (prisons) of California in 1979 and its’ roots come from the history of resistance by Black/New African/African brothers in those prisons. The roots of Black August can be found in the actions of Jonathan Jackson who was gunned down outside the Marin County California courthouse on August 7, 1970 as he attempted to liberate three imprisoned Black Liberation Fighters.

What is #BlackAugust and why is it important? Africans Rising will host this discussion, Moderated by AR Engagement Assistant, Prince Akpah, about the history of Black August, and how it is connected to the global movement of African people against an international oppression, in this virtual discussion on Thursday, Aug 27 at 15h GMT.  Register for the discussion here:


  • Michelle Ndoki is a lawyer registered with the Cameroon Bar and Paris and militant politics. Born March 31, 1973, in France of Cameroonian parents, Michelle Ndoki’s family returned to Cameroon when she was one and a half years old. She obtained her baccalaureate in 1991 at the Lycée Joss in Douala. Wanting to study psychology or marketing, his father, who financed his studies in Reims, France, recommended business law to him. She obtained a graduate degree in private law, with a specialization in business law. She returned to Cameroon at the end of 1997 and joined the firm of Me Marie-Andrée Ngoué. She worked there for 5 years as a legal counsel and corporate law. From 2006 to 2012, she joined the Orange and Guinness groups. She becomes a freelance consultant again before completing her access to the lawyer. She is a lawyer at the Cameroon Bar since May 4, 2018.
  • Netfa Freeman started at IPS as Director of the Institute’s Social Action & Leadership School for Activists (SALSA) from 2000 to 2010 and is now the Events Coordinator for the other IPS projects. Netfa is also an organizer in Pan-African Community Action (PACA), on the Coordinating Committee of the Black Alliance for Peace, and is Co-Producer/Host for the radio show and podcast Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM that airs Tuesdays from 9-10 am EST. His writings have been published in Black Star News, Black Agenda Report, Pambazuka News, Common Dreams, Global Research, and beyond and he is often interviewed on radio and TV outlets.
  • Madi Jobarteh is the current and first country representative for Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in the Gambia since 2018. Before then and until now he has been an active voice within the Gambian civil society where he was the head of programmes at The Association of NGOs in the Gambia (TANGO), the main civil society coalition in the country for a decade. Madi is deeply interested in policy, governance and development issues and has been an activist for human rights and democracy in the Gambia over the past two decades. Not only has he spearheaded or got involved with various organizations, movements and activities in promotion of human rights, democracy and good governance, but he has also done extensive work with women, young people, persons with disabilities and people living with HV/AIDS for social and economic justice and equality.


August 27, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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