Community healing event set for Oct. 25
A bORFNbusWHr SanHO RI scholars featuring Cheltenham 7RwnshLS’s Dr. 0ROHfi .HWH AsanWH, a SrH-HmLnHnW sFhROar RI WhH bOaFN DLasSRra; anG Dr. CRrnHO :HsW, described in his online biRgraShy as “a SrRmLnHnW and provocative democratic LnWHOOHFWuaO,” wLOO GLsFuss aW ArFaGLa UnLYHrsLWy Rn OFW. 25 a WRSLF WhaW’s absROuWHOy YLWaO: “:hR Ls 5HsSRnsLbOH for Healing in Our CommunLWLHs Ln PRsW-0RGHrn 7LmHs?”
AsanWH, whRm ,’YH FRnversed with at his residence and on other occasions, is the unparalleled author of about 75 books concerning black studies, including a newly released and absRrbLng mHmRLr, “As , 5un 7RwarG AIrLFa.” HH aOsR rHFHnWOy IRunGHG WhH 0ROHfi .HWH AsanWH ,nsWLWuWH Ln GHrmantown that has hosted OHFWurHs RI WhH wRrOG’s SrHmiere scholars concerning black culture, linguistics and history.
AsanWH (a 7HmSOH UnLYHrsity professor and founder of WhH SLRnHHrLng bOaFN-sWuGLHs’ GRFWRraO SrRgram WhHrH) aOsR sSRnsRrHG Rn OFW. 12 anG 13 WhH annuaO ChHLNh AnWa DLRS ,nWHrnaWLRnaO CRnIHrHnFH Ln PhLOaGHOShLa. DLRS — a Senegalese scholar that I hungrily studied while I was a student at Cheyney UnLYHrsLWy — GRFumHnWHG WhH maMHsWy anG LnfluHnFH RI anFLHnW AIrLFan FuOWurHs, LnFOuGLng Ln EgySW.
AnG DLRS (1923-1986) was unequivocally concerned about the health and wHOIarH RI SHRSOH RI AIrLFan GHsFHnW (aOWhRugh hH was nRW a bOaFN suSrHmaFLsW), aGYRFaWLng WhaW DLasSRra FLWL]Hns begin to view themselves anG WhH wRrOG YLa AIrLFantinted perspectives, leading WR WhH AIrRFHnWrLFLWy FRnFHSW WhaW Dr. AsanWH has sR aSWOy developed.
Meanwhile, West, of UnLRn 7hHRORgLFaO 6HmLnary in New York, is a very outspoken theologian, philosopher and the auWhRr RI abRuW 20 books, including WhH FOassLFs “5aFH 0aWWHrs,” “DHmRFraFy 0aWWHrs” and a new memRLr, “BrRWhHr :HsW: Living and Loving OuW LRuG.”
The editor of more than a dozen books has appeared in numerous documentaries, sLmLOar WR Dr. AsanWH, anG Rn suFh SrRgrams as “7hH BLOO 0ahHr 6hRw,” “7hH CRObHrW 5HSRrW,” anG RWhHrs Rn C11 and C-Span, as well as Tavis 6mLOHy’s PB6 7V shRw. ,n fact, West and Smiley someWLmHs FrLWLFL]H PrHsLGHnW BaraFN Obama, AmHrLFa’s firsW bOaFN SrHsLGHnW, IRr nRW being pro-active enough in helping poor and black communities.
AnG bRWh haYH bHHn SRLgnant commentators concerning rap and hip-hop connRLssHurs, AmHrLFa’s IuWurH OHaGHrs — a WRSLF WhaW’s FHntral to the question concerning the health of black communities.
On that note, the panel discussion will also include PhLOaGHOShLa CRmmLssLRnHr IRr BHhaYLRraO HHaOWh Dr. ArWhur C. EYans anG Dr. Ama 0a]ama, a SrRIHssRr (7HmSOH UnLYHrsLWy), linguist, as well as a top AIrRFHnWrLFLWy sFhROar anG aGmLnLsWraWRr aW AsanWH’s GHrmanWRwn AYHnuH LnsWLWuWH WhaW’s a sponsor of the OFW. 25, 6:30 S.m. SrRgram Ln ArFaGLa’s CRmmRns Great Room.
The event is also presented by The ArN RI PhLOaGHOShLa, WhH BOaFN 0aOH DHYHORSment Symposium (GLrHFWHG by ArFaGLa’s Dr. DRrHHnH LRury) anG WhH unLYHrsLWy’s OIfiFH RI ,nsWLWuWLRnaO DLYHrsLWy, Ln FRnMunFtion with the department of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice.
AnG as an H[Wra bRnus, it will be moderated by 0LFhaHO CRarG EsT., the dynamic leader of the AYHngLng WhH AnFHsWRrs CRaOLWLRn ( A7AC), FROumnLsW anG :U5D raGLR-shRw host, who led the movement to establish a memorial for WhH HnsOaYHG AIrLFans WhaW PrHsLGHnW GHRrgH :ashLngton kept at his executive mansion near what is today WhH LLbHrWy BHOO PaYLOLRn Ln PhLOaGHOShLa aW 6L[Wh anG Market streets.
Can you ask for anything more, an extremely wellTuaOLfiHG mRGHraWRr anG H[cellent presenters?
,n IaFW, LW’s WhH GLsFussLRns and perspectives that will be of supreme importance. AnG ,’m hRSHIuO WhaW Ln aGdition to acknowledging the wonderful advances of black culture, that there is a blunt examination of its current health, as well as potential remedies.
As ChHLNh AnWa DLRS articulated about an earOLHr “gHnHraWLRn” Ln hLs 1987 bRRN, “PrHFRORnLaO BOaFN AIrLFa”:
“7hH gHnHraWLRn WhaW IROlowed did not have the same concerns; none of its members attempted to follow the example of the past generation. There was no longer anyone with the noble determination to get to know the great men [and women] of the world, or if there were some individuals consumed with this curiosity, they were IHw Ln numbHr.”
Such discussions are rightfully designed to increase inWHOOHFWuaO “FurLRsLWy” anG HnsurH IuWurH aGYanFHs. 7haW’s why they are so vital.
For more information, call 215-843-4673 Rr 215-5728510.
Don “Ogbewii” Scott, a Melrose Park resident, can be reached at dscott9703@ aol.com.