The Founders met with the purpose in mind to discuss the most significant historical event in history of the United States, the enslavement of Africans, and our rich contribution to the prosperity of this country.  The Founders saw this is an opportunity to move our people in a new direction. It began with a historical discussion about slave trade origins and the likely African and European participants.  For many seized Africans into captivity, the beginning of the trip started in the port city of Luanda, Angola.  The journey of about 9 million western-based Africans went through the middle passage to destinations in the Americas, only about 400,000 reaching North America, and the first Africans reaching Point Comfort (present day Fort Monroe near Hampton, VA), ground zero for the first Colonial enslaved Africans.

The Founders continued to frame the current condition of African Americans through a snapshot of events occurring between 1950 and the present day, highlighting many personal witnesses of historical occurrences of racial injustice and offenses against Blacks in the south.  Comments concerning integration of primary and secondary education highlighted conditions to consider, as it pertains to our nation’s current dilemmas and how we might approach educating our youth.

The Black Speculative Artists Movement (BSAM) was introduced and explained how global connections under this movement have continued to make progress in creating and sustaining an organization with the intent to support African Americans in their artistic-based endeavors, which purposely includes the operations and artistic presentation aspects, but to also teach participants how to incorporate business and how to keep the rights to creations, all within the protection of the organization, with many contacts both domestically and internationally. The Group was then introduced to the African Forum on Religion and Government (AFReG) and its aspirations and activities to educate leaders on project 2063, which included a historical look at continental pre-colonialism before the slave trade, and the new conceptual recognition of the African Diaspora, which has spurned the beginnings of healing and restoration with American Africans, hence bridging the gap and recovering 150 million people of African descent world-wide to include 50 million in the USA.  This organization predicts that by 2050, 1 in 5 people will be of African descent, and 25% will be Christian.  Further, the group was educated on Africa’s wealth and resources and how it stabilizes the world’s economy.  Lastly, the group was educated about the goal of the United States of Africa 2063 to integrate Africa’s resources economically, politically, and by adopting a common language, Kiswahili.  All of these items are important to Africans world-wide, and to the international community at large.

The general consensus pointed to a need to create an organization.  The experiences and professionalism of the cohort directly impacted conclusions that produced significant personal commitments to this cause. The result of those deliberations formed the nonprofit AFRICANS RISING TOGETHER (ART) 2063 with the following goals:

  • To use grass roots education and a bottom-up approach, directed at our Youth which include College Institutions (primarily HBCUs), Secondary and post-secondary school-aged young adults, and middle-aged adults, through the local church and other community-based opportunities to educate African-Americans concerning the true historical significance about our experience, our culture and our contributions to world.

  • Aid in the Healing of African Americans as a result of tribal participation in the slave trade, and to restore connection and communication among African Americans, Africans and Africans in the Diaspora.

  • Work with selected partners in shaping and repairing the relationships among African Americans, Africans, and Africans in the Diaspora, creating lines of communication, facilitating interaction among African Americans, Africans and Africans in the Diaspora, and fostering partnerships with DNA producing companies to aid revelation of ancestral ties.

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