In August 1619, 20 enslaved Africans were brought to Point Comfort in the English colony of Virginia—this site is now part of Fort Monroe National Monument.
The 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, signed into law January 8, 2018, established a 15-member commission to coordinate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies. The Commission’s purpose is to plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities throughout the United States that
- recognize and highlight the resilience and cultural contributions of Africans and African Americans over 400 years;
- acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States;
- encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, and economic organizations to organize and take part in anniversary activities;
- assist states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration; and
- coordinate public scholarly research about the arrival of Africans and their contributions to the United States.
We at the African Diaspora Directorate will work over the next 50 days to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States. We do this in line with the aspirations of the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act.
We believes that executive action by President Trump in the creation of a community benefit agreement, to be called #150BlackFolksPlan, driven by a public-private partnership can be a solution for the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of African slavery in the United States of America (USA and or America) between 1789 & 1865 and the progenitors to the 13 American colonies between 1619 (On August 25th 1619, 20 Africans were brought to Point Comfort in the English colony of Virginia—we do not know if they were indentured or enslaved) & 1789.
It will address the damage incurred by past & current federal government racism against freed African Slaves in the USA from 1865 to 1868 & African Americans from 1868 to 2019. It will address effects subsequently de jure & de facto of institutional racial & economic discrimination at levels of government and in the private sector on the descendant Americans of African descent.
It will be a stimulus to the American Economy for all Americans. FYI, this year is historic because it in the 150th year African were handed a flawed citizenship on July 28th 1819. The problem was the institutionalized racism that came with it, so today we have 5% of the wealth of European heritage descent Americans whose ancestors also received their citizenship at the same time.
This solution will be built on the over $90B in established bank based community benefit agreements (#NCRCcba) in existence. FAUchamber is a signature to a $30B one that runs through January 2020.
To be Submitted by members of Friends of the African Union, the African Diaspora Directorate & allies and supporters will by August 25th 2019 develop the 150BlackFolksPlan as a Unsolicited Proposal to US State Dept. As a updated solution to the 2015 Universal Periodic Review of the United States (#UNUPR) of America for review and action by President Trump.
FYI even though the United States of America (#USA) Government withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council (#UNHRC) they are still going to do a UNUPR of the USA in 2020. Our civil society organization (#CSO) answer will be in line with our 2015 answer, solutions instead of a declaration of our problems.
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 voluntarily 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), with 3M in Central America, 42M in the Caribbean, 22M in the Middle East, 20M in Asia (Including India/Indonesia), 13M in Europe and 50M in North America, 47M of them in the United States of America (According to the 2018 US Census Bureau Estimate)