TransAtlantic Roundtable in Ghana 2013

Greetings Family and Friends,

I hope all is well and this message finds you in the best of health and spirit. As many of you know, I have been on a remarkable journey in working with many of the best scholars, organizers, attorneys, advocates in the continued fight for justice and equality for civil and human rights. Throughout the years with all the trials and tribulations, tremendous gains and fruitfulness of this work, I have begun to see our work not just in the United States, but the need to seek global justice and understand the importance of seeing our connections across the African Diaspora.

I will be going to Accra, Ghana for the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race where this years theme is Black Church in 21st Century Captivities the end of July. This year is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and we still have much work to do. This conference will examine the contemporary threat of Black social, physical and religious well-being, including political oppression and coercion; group conflict, human-trafficking, mass incarceration, economic disenfranchisement and dependencies.

Today, I ask if you would help me be a part of this integral conference with some of the world's leading scholars, religious leaders, organizers, advocates and attorneys. This conference will give us the opportunity to collectively strategize and bring back the information to Our communities. This is a part of the global work that we need to be involved in, for our very survival as humans in this world. If you find it in your heart to help me with my travel costs and fees, it would be greatly appreciated. $1, $5, $20, or whatever is placed on your heart, anything helps, no matter how great or small. I also ask, for your continued prayers and support. There is an African Adage that speaks volumes to our collective work, "I am because we are, and because we are, therefore I am." Let us continue to learn from our past (Sankofa) so that we may be able to better understand the course ahead.

Thank you for your support and Love,

Tanay Lynn Harris

Black Churches and 21st Century Captivities
July 28-July 31, 2013

Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
Accra, Ghana

On the 150th year anniversary of the U.S. "Emancipation Proclamation," and with participation in August 1 "Emancipation Day" events in Cape Coast

This conference will convene in the shadows of the slave castles to examine church responses to contemporary threats to Black social, physical, and religious well-being, including political oppression or coercion; group conflict; co-optation of religious life; captivities of persons (e.g., modern slavery, human trafficking, mass incarceration); and economic distortions and dependencies. While focusing mainly on the 21st century, the conference will also explore historical backdrops and comparisons that inform understanding of the contemporary contexts in which these issues play out.
The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR) is a community of discourse, focusing on religious responses to issues of race (and similarly functioning ethnic or cultural markers of social otherness) within contemporary western cultures. At the heart of the TRRR initiative is a concern that a current obstacle to addressing persistent racial problems in a number of western contexts is that "race" is increasingly dismissed as a category of explanation for social problems"”even where blacks find themselves disproportionately enduring adverse social dynamics and conditions. TRRR wants to ensure that where race is an accurate and useful explanation for social problems and potential solutions that it receives appropriate attention. Though TRRR's approach is scholarly, its commitment is to advancing informed and progressive approaches to persistent racial problems in dialogue and collaboration with broad publics (including faith-based, civil society, and governmental leaders).
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