13th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium

The 13th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium will be held on March 18th and 19th, 2016 at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.

The theme of the 2016 symposium was “Youth Matters: Global Groundings.” The symposium sought to address matters of significance to youth and did include sessions on movements and activism, intergenerational dialogue, international voices, education and juvenile justice. In addition to the Atlanta symposium, we had several simultaneous meetings of local youth in other states and in countries across the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom and within the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa.

 

Free and Open to the Public

 

Youth is often described in the Pan-African world as persons under 40 years old. Dr. Walter Rodney was officially within this recognized definition of “youth” as he was 38 years old when he was assassinated, a fact that we often forget as we explore his relatively short life as an academic, scholar, historian and activist. Both Dr. Rodney’s life and the causes for which he gave it should be an inspiration to all of us, especially youth, who strive for justice, domestically and internationally.

Please fill out our questionnaire.

The 13th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium brought people, groups, communities and movements together to actively discuss youth issues. Please fill out our questionnaire to help us better prepare for our symposium sessions. It will also help the Walter Rodney Foundation improve how we engage in youth issues and build local and global relationships.

 

Day 1

See here for full breakdown of the day’s events.

  • Opening Keynote – Dr. Raphael G. Warnock
  • Speaker – Esker Copeland
  • Keynote and Hip Hop Performance – Jasiri X
  • Intergenerational Dialogue
  • Speaker – Teresa Abila, Vice President of Young African Leaders Forum (YALF)
  • Education and Juvenile Justice
  • Plenary Keynote & Spoken Word Performance – Aurielle Marie
  • Videos of International Groundings Sessions

Day 2

See here for full breakdown of the day’s events.

  • Performances – Various Artists
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Speaker – Prince Ifoh, Founding President of Young African Leaders Forum (YALF)
  • Movements and Activism
  • Videos of International Groundings Sessions
A brief list of some of the organizations involved in this year's Symposium

A brief list of some of the organizations involved in this year’s Symposium

 

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