Saturday, October 20th
*SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION*
CULTURAL PASSAGE: Exploring the cultural and political connections between Congo and the Americas, past and present
The Saturday afternoon discussion will explore the presence of Congolese culture in the Americas from the period of enslavement to the present. In addition, the panelists will discuss the role that African Americans have played in the anti-colonial struggle of the Congolese people from the era of the brutal rule of King Leopold II of Belgium through the post independence period. The discussion will be preceded by Congolese dance and drumming.
Panelists include Professor Ira Dworkin (author, Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State), Professor Daniel Dawson, and Dr Sheila Walker. Moderated by Lubangi Muniania (Tabilulu Productions).