THE GENESIS OF AFRICANS RISING TOGETHER
The Founders met to discuss the most significant historical event in the history of the United States of America: the enslavement of Africans and our rich contribution to this country’s prosperity. The Founders saw this as an opportunity to move our people in a new direction. The conversation began with a historical discussion about the origins of the slave trade and those involved. For many Africans taken into captivity, the beginning of their traumatizing ordeal was Angola’s port city, Luanda. More than 9 million Africans went through the Middle Passage to destinations in the Americas in the horrendous crossing. About 400,000 reached North America’s shores, initially landing at Point Comfort (present-day Fort Monroe), ground zero for the first enslaved Africans.
The Founders framed African Americans’ present condition through a snapshot of events from 1950 to the present, highlighting many personal accounts of historical incidents of racial injustice and severe human rights violations.
Discussions concerning the integration of primary and secondary education highlighted deliberate deficiencies that must be addressed to overcome the current dilemma concerning our youth’s education.
The Black Speculative Artists Movement (BSAM) explained how global connections under their movement continue to make progress in creating and sustaining an organization that supports African Americans in their artistic endeavors. BSAM has both domestic and international contacts. It intentionally teaches participants how to incorporate business and keep their intellectual property rights within the organization’s protection.
Participants were introduced to Africans Rising Together 2063 and its objectives, including a historical examination of Africa before the slave trade. A recognition of the African Diaspora has encouraged the beginning of healing and restoration, bridging 150 million people of African descent globally. This number includes 45 million in the USA.
It is predicted that by 2050, 1 in 5 people will be of African descent, and 25% will be Christians. The group was educated on Africa’s wealth, resources, and how the Continent stabilizes the world’s economy. Lastly, the group was informed about the African Union’s intention to integrate the Continent economically and politically and adopt Kiswahili as a common language by 2063.
There was a consensus around the need to create an organization. The experiences and professionalism of those assembled immediately generated significant personal commitments to this cause, resulting in the formation of the non-profit Africans Rising TOGETHER 2063 (ART 2063).
ART 2063 Goals
- To educate those of African descent about the true historical significance of our experience, culture, and contributions to the world, using grassroots education and a bottom-up approach directed at our youth and other age groups through the local church and community-based initiatives.
- To assist in healing the division caused by tribal participation in the slave trade, and restore connection and communication among African Americans, Africans in the Diaspora, and Africans on the Continent.
- To work with selected partners to shape and repair relationships among African Americans, Africans in the Diaspora, and Africans on the Continent, creating lines of communication, facilitating interaction, and fostering partnerships with DNA testing companies to uncover our ancestral ties.
Dr. James Tucker was born in New Madrid, Missouri, on May 6, 1951. Tucker began his crusade for justice and equality while earning an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
President and Founder, International Leadership Foundation Prof. Delanyo Adadevoh has a strong passion to see Africa and the world transformed with the unique distinctive of a compelling moral vision based on biblical and ethical values.
Dr. Reynaldo Anderson currently serves as an Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Humanities department at Harris-Stowe State University in Saint Louis Missouri.
Minister Beverly Pegues is co-founder and president of the Window International Network, a Christian organization. WIN informs, equips, and mobilizes networks of prayer around the globe to pray strategically for the 10/40 Window nations. A career paralegal turned minister.