Pan-African Council contributes to a mini-documentary produced by UK’s Channel 4 News on the legacy of racism in Colombia and the lives of Afro-Colombians.
The Pan-African Council summoned PAC Ambassador Chevy Eugene of St. Lucia as its invited delegate to the African Union Commission Diaspora Minerals Forum.
The Cross River State Carnival Commission formally invited the Pan-African Council to participate in the 2018 International Carnival Calabar and Festivals.
Pan-African Council leaders have been invited by the Government of the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil (Governo do Estado de Minas Gerais) to speak on the social movements of the African Diaspora.
The state of Minas Gerais maintains strong links to the African continent, as the Brazilian state with the second highest number of people of African descent in the country. The seminar aims to converge ideas and commitments from governmental institutions, corporations, cultural and education institutions alongside civil society to better combat racial discrimination and institutional racism.
May 5th, 2014, Cali, Colombia – The month of May in Colombia is a celebration of Afro-Colombian History that highlights the different initiatives carried out under the leadership of Colombia’s black community. Moreover, it is a month that calls upon politicians, businessmen, community leaders, and the general public to recognize the contributions and rights of Afro-Descendants in this country.
In light of this, the National Association of Black Aesthetics and Cosmetics (Asociación Nacional de Estética y Cosmética Afro – “ANECAF”) led by its Executive Director Mr. James Biuza, presents the 2014 African Heritage Festival as a platform for cultural exchange where attendees can enjoy various activities such as competitions, musical performances, artists, special guests, traditional food and other events for the enjoyment of the community.
The African Heritage Festival will be held from the 29th to 31st of May 2014 in the city of Cali, Colombia, in Plazoleta San Francisco, across from the governement offices of the Department of Valle del Cauca. A prelaunch event will take place on the 15th of May in the Governor’s Hall at 10:00 am for various stakeholders and the media.
This event is one of the important tasks lead by ANECAF to provide a space for social, cultural and business inclusion that contributes to the development of the Afro-Colombian community in the Southwestern region of Colombia.
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Pan-African Council Ambassadors visit the city of Salvador da Bahia in Brazil to volunteer for a youth development organization inspired by African spiritual and healing tradition:
In the forgotten outskirts of Brazil’s third largest city, Salvador da Bahia, one can hear the rhythms and laughter of a young generation yearning for their place in the modern world. The visitor would be surprised to encounter a deep intellectual discourse flourishing in an area seemingly plagued by poverty and drug-related violence. It is in this very setting that Joselito Crispim created a nonprofit in 1991 that goes by the name of “Bagunçaço.” At just 21 years old, Joselito embarked on a mission to make the young people of his community proud of their origins. Now, over 20 years later, his organization helps educate young children and adolescents by providing access to a library of books, skill-building classes, film production workshops, physical activities, cultural exchange opportunities, and music education.
Joselito’s Bangunçaço serves a community center, or better yet a training facility, that relies on a team of volunteers and sponsors to run its activities efficiently. Ranging from 6 to 18 years old, the 140 participants are immersed in a community where they are encouraged to treat each other as brothers, sisters, i.e. a unified family. The project aims to strengthen the self-esteem of children and inspire a passion for learning and fraternity. The parents of these children face harsh economic conditions in a hostile environment where the state public school system failed to properly educate or provide for their children. During my first visit to the center I was proudly greeted by the eldest of the children who were eager to show me their latest creation – an independent film, recorded, scripted, and edited by the children themselves. In the room next door, I observed the children giving voice and rhythm to improvised instruments made of old drums and cans that were once considered garbage in the streets. And just outside the center, groups of children were forming to practice Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art) and others were preparing for a football match. Officially, the center’s closing hour is at 6:00pm sharp; however, the children are often so filled with energy that they perch themselves at the entrance deep into the night to rehearse the things they have learned that very same day.
This month, Joselito invited and accommodated twenty Danish students of the same age group in a weeklong cultural exchange. Despite the cultural and language barriers between these children from two very different parts of the world, they were assigned a clearly defined mission: to prepare a joint musical performance for the community. Joselito is an educator in the purest sense of the word. The guiding principals of the Bangunçaço project are founded in the values he acquired in his practice of Candomblé: an African spiritual and healing tradition that spread to Brazil during the slave trade, where people live in close communities that mutually help each other and develop responsibilities to serve their communities. His philosophy provides a basis for a new social organization, prepared to transform young adults into the future of Brazil, one mind at a time.