From our beginning 400 years ago on August 25th, 1619 at Old Point Comfort as Africans and then as African Americans we have played a vital role in the development of the USA. In 2005, the African Union defined the African Diaspora (AU) as “… peoples of African descent and heritage living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship, and who remain committed to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.” In 2012 The AU expanded, in writing but not in fact, its membership to those who do not live in its established 5 regions to a 6th region – the African Diaspora.
The African Diaspora is mainly those persons of African descent dispersed from Africa into Europe, Asia and the Americas during Arab and European commercial slave raids. It also consists of those persons who voluntary migrated from Africa in the 20th and 21st century. The African population in the Western Hemisphere is about 150 million persons in South America (mainly Brazil & Columbia), 50M in North America (USA) and the Caribbean, 10M in Middle East, Asia and Europe. (210M plus strong worldwide).
The creators of Friends of the African Union as a division of McGraw Daniels Inc. (MDi) recognized that the African Union, to date, is the only organization which has the structural and functional capacity to unite, and service the needs and aspirations of the more than 1.5 billion African people, globally. So in 2012 we spun off from MDi Friends of the African Union and in 2013 Friends of the African Union Chamber of Commerce who today act as convener of the message of economic empowerment for all people of African descent and their allies. We do so based on actions of the leadership of African Nations at the first global African Diaspora Summit in May 2012 for her children to organize in joint operations as the African diaspora to answer through 5 legacy projects and other actions.
Friends of the African Union knows that the political fragmentation and segregation in the USA is by race and class. Many poor Africans people in America have a high degree of desperation and hopelessness along with the belief that things can’t change. Friends of the African Union was created to change this perception by action; we will walk the walk, not just talk the talk – we are asking people, organizations, communities and companies to join us in changing the live of Africans in our lifetime.
We do this work now after 400 years in the English Colonies not only as a solution to the results of the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of African slavery in the USA for 77 years (1788-1865) and the 168 years (1619-1787) in the progenitors to the 13 English colonies that made up the United States of America but as a African Nation solutions. It is a solution to the effects subsequently de jure & de facto of racial & economic discrimination on the descendant Americans of America’s African slavery and, today, those persons of the African Diaspora in the United States of America and the people of the African Union, who through these actions will be united.
Therefore, Friends of the African Union, affiliates and allies on this second day of this Historic Black History Month, February 2nd, 2019, pledge, “We as Citizens of the United States of America who are decedent from Africans made new citizens in 1868, 150 years ago, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish equality of justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the equal blessings of liberty to ourselves and our future generations, do ordain as organized civil society and establish this month a working group to establish a 150 year (2019-2169) Black Folks Plan (#150BlackFolksPlan) that is to deliver its work by August 25th 2019. This date being the 400th year anniversary of landing of the first Africans in the English colonies in 1619 at Old Point Comfort, which would later become part of the state of Virginia, one of the founding states of the United States of America.” We do so, in part, based on the following2019-Black-History-Month-Day-2-Rev.-1