The Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission (ABRSC) has announced the guest speaker at its WATCHNIGHT GATHERING scheduled for the Botanical Gardens on July 31st 2019 at 9.00pm. The event is staged annually in commemoration and celebration of the 1834 emancipation of enslaved Africans and their descendants here and in the English-speaking islands of the region.
- RON DANIELSis an African American veteran social and political activist. He is Founder and President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a progressive, African centred, action-oriented Resource Center dedicated to empowering people of African descent and marginalized communities [www.ibw21.org].
Dr. Ron Daniels serves as the Convener of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), a leading organization within the U.S. and global reparations movements. NAARC has devised a 10 Point Reparations Program. Dr. Daniels recently testified at the congressional hearing on HR-40, the US Congressional Bill that would establish a National Commission to study reparations proposals for African Americans.
He holds a B.A. in History from Youngstown State University, an M.A. in Political Science from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs in Albany, New York and a Doctor of Philosophy in Africana Studies from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. Dr. Daniels is a Distinguished Lecturer Emeritus at York College, City University of New York where he taught courses in Political Science.
He served as Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition and was the first African American Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) fighting against police brutality and misconduct, church burnings, hate crimes, voter disenfranchisement, environmental racism and the threats to civil liberties posed by the USA government’s response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
He led an African American fact finding and support delegation/mission to Haiti. As a result of the visit, the Haiti Support Project (HSP) was created to mobilize ongoing political and material support for the struggle for democracy and development in Haiti. HSP has emerged as the leading African American organization working to build a constituency for Haiti in the U.S.
A prolific essayist and commentator, Dr. Daniels’ column Vantage Point appears in numerous Black and progressive newspapers and web sites nationwide. He also hosts of a weekly issue-oriented public affairs talk show on WBAI, 99.5 FM on the Pacifica Network in New York.
Dr. Daniels views the opportunity to address Watchnight Gathering and Emancipation Day audiences as ‘an extension of the relationship and work with the CARICOM Reparations Commission and its member body here in Antigua and Barbuda’.
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