State of the Black World Conference Policy Declaration

November 19 – 23, 2008, more than 1,000 people of African descent
convened under the auspices of the Institute of the Black World
21st Century in New Orleans for the first major gathering of Black
people after the election of Barack Obama as President of the
United States of America. Filled with hope and expectations for 
the dawning of a new era in the history of this nation and the 
world, the participants came to celebrate a monumental achievement 
but also to somberly assess the state of Black people in America 
and the world. Centered on the theme Return to the Source: 
Restoring Family, Rebuilding Community, Renewing the Struggle, New 
Orleans was selected as the site for the conference because it is 
the metaphor for the myriad of maladies that afflict urban 
communities across this nation as a consequence of massive 
disinvestment, deindustrialization, globalization and decades of
blatant neglect. (...)

For the complete presentation by Ron Daniels, plus commentary,
go to The BlackList.

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