“We should go down to the grassroots of our culture, not to remain there, not to be isolated there, but to draw strength and substance therefrom, and with whatever additional resources of strength and material we acquire, proceed to set up a new form of society raised to the level of human progress.” — Ahmed Sekou Touré (First President of Guinea-Conakry).
The Cultural Workers Bureau (CWB) provides you with the means to sharpen your tools of analysis and effectively participate the progressive flow of history. Ideas Must Be Explored, Not Ignored!
Thus, we are pleased to announce that we are accepting bookings for our 2016-2017 Pan-African Culture Series. We invite you to book progressive, insightful speakers and dynamic artists with first hand knowledge of the struggles for justice and development in Africa, the Caribbean and North America (USA and Canada). We urge your group to sponsor a speaker and/or artist from the Pan-African Culture Series to your campus or community activity; it could well be your organizing advantage.
Undoubtedly, as intellectuals, you have been exposed to mainstream ideas of the existing social order that are communicated to you in the classroom, workplace, at events, socio-cultural activities, and in textbooks. These ideas are used to shape and mold your opinion about the problems and solutions confronting Africans and the other oppressed peoples of the world.
However, history teaches us clearly that these ideas and perspectives emanating from the existing social order were not the source of inspiration for great leaders such as: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ahmed Sekou Touré, Fela Kuti, Omowale Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, Bob Marley; and so many others. Quite to the contrary, these great leaders were motivated by ideas that were a direct challenge to and came from outside the prevailing social order. This is wholly logical considering that African people have been struggling for freedom from the so-called “accepted social order” for over 500 years.
Our culture series provides year-round programming featuring regional, national and international speakers and artists from the wide spectrum of the African world. Our artists cover a broad range of genres from Spoken Word to Roots Reggae to Hip-Hop to Traditional African Music. They are available for performances as well as workshops and conferences. Our speakers can address a variety of historical and contemporary topics. Some of which are:
- Pan-Africanism or Perish
- Message in the Music
- The Role of African Students and Youth in the Struggle for Pan-Africanism
- Herstoric Contribution of African Women toward African Emancipation: Past, Present and Future
- Culture as a Weapon for Revolutionary Change
- IMF/World Bank and Structural Adjustment: Opponents of True African Independence
- as well as many others