10th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium

“10th Anniversary Celebration: Reflections, Groundings and Advancing the Legacy”

Friday, March 22nd 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 23rd 12 noon – 6:00 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

The keynote speaker for the Tenth Annual Walter Rodney Symposium was Howard Dodson, former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and now Director of Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Howard University Libraries.
He addressed the historical context in which Rodney’s work is grounded, the importance of collecting, and preserving the Walter Rodney Papers and making the collection available for research, study and interpretation. He also addressed Walter Rodney’s interactions with the Institute of the Black World.

HIGHLIGHTS:

REMARKS, Dr. The Honorable Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

CONVERSATIONS, Dr. Patricia Rodney and Donald Rodney, Esq.(Wife and Brother of Dr. Walter Rodney)

ACADEMIC PANEL:

Dr. Ayanna Armstrong, Clark Atlanta University
Dr. Paget Henry, Brown University
Dr. Kurt Young, University of Central Florida
Dr. Geoffroy de Laforcade, Norfolk State University
Dr. Jesse Benjamin, Chair

PANEL:
Ambassador Jesus “Chucho” Garcia, Venezuelan Ambassador to Angola
Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves, UN Ambassador, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Dr. Norman Girvan, Professor Emeritus, University of the West Indies
Bassey Ewa Henshaw, Former Nigerian Senator and Immediate Past President of The Parliamentarians for Global Action
Dr. Karim F. Hirji, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,
Dr. Keith Jennings, Regional Director for Southern and East Africa, National Democratic Institute
Dr. Hashim Gibrill, Clark Atlanta University, Chair

COMMUNITY DISCUSSION:
“Groundings With My Brothers: Carrying Forward the Legacy of Walter Rodney”

Student Presentations

Poetry:
Budd Hall (Canada)

Cultural Lineup:
Ambassadar (Ghana)
Buddha Blaze (Kenya)
Humanist (Burkina Faso/France)
Kofi Kwayana (Atlanta)
Stratdon (Jamaica)
Waterflow (Senegal)

The event is free and open to the public.

The 10th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium was held at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, 111 James P. Brawley Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA.

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Other program activities include student presentations, tributes, and following in the tradition of Walter Rodney, a community discussion “Groundings With My Brothers: Carrying Forward the Legacy of Walter Rodney.”
The symposium is free and open to the public.