14th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium

Justice Denied: People’s Power, The Struggle Continues
March 24th and 25th, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia

Justice Denied: People’s Power, The Struggle Continues, explored issues of racism, discrimination, injustice and inequity by examining ongoing fights for human rights and equal justice in Guyana in the 1970s and 1980s, and in the United States and globally today.

The 1st day of the symposium addressed these issues within the context of the 1980 assassination of Walter Rodney. Speakers discussed the societal structure and political environment of Guyana at that time, including the Jonestown Massacre, as well as the overarching international human rights context. A panel reviewed the 2016 Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report into Rodney’s murder, which provides revelations of state terrorism and conspiracy, use of a military assassination, and government cover-up, and outlined the necessary next steps to achieve justice.

The 2nd day addressed social injustices that are faced today, and how to use education, politics, civic engagement, and radical pedagogy as strategies to effect change. There was also a focus on the International Decade for People of African Descent. Following in the tradition of Walter Rodney’s The Groundings With My Brothers, the symposium featured a groundings community session in which the audience exchanged information and ideas about social justice issues.

Day 1

Friday March 24, 2017 1:30 – 7:30pm

  • Greetings – “Able” Mable Thomas, GA State Representative (D-Atlanta)
  • Speaker – Dr. Bettina Love, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
  • Speaker – Fielding M. McGehee, III, The Jonestown Institute
  • Panel Discussion – Commission of Inquiry into the 1980 Assassination of Walter Rodney
  • Speaker – Keith C. Scotland, Esq.
  • Speaker – Hilaire Sobers, Esq., Inter American Commission on Human Rights
  • Keynote – Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies

Day 2

Saturday, March 25th, 2017 12:30-5:30

  • Keynote – Dr. Joyce King, Professor, Georgia State University
  • Distinguished Speaker – Dr. Max Hilaire, Department Chair, Poli-Sci, Morgan State University
  • Speaker – Colette Pichon Battle, Esq., US Human Rights Network
  • Speaker – Dr. Keith Jennings, CEO, African American Human Rights Foundation
  • Groundings Session/Community Discussion – Moderated by Mawuli Davis, Esq.