Afrocentrists Coming to Oakland
Oakland will be the host of a celebration of Afrocentric scholars this weekend. On Friday there will be a reception and book signing at the Berkeley Black Rep Theatre with such scholars as Haki Madhdubuti, Mike Eric Dyson, Molefe Asante, Asa Hillard, Dr. Theophile Obenga, Oba T'Shaka, Maulana Karenga and others. Saturday the scholars will hold discussions at Allen Temple Church and on Sunday the event concludes with a brunch at Geoffrey's.
The Oakland Post newspaper asked Marvin X to cover the event, so stay tuned for his comments. The Afrocentrists have not fared well in his essays. According to the poet, Afrocentrism will be relevant when it focuses on dry bones in the hood rather than bones in Egypt and elsewhere. Black studies must focus on the dire condition of inner cities, the prison population, mental health issues and economic independence. Black scholars must go to the street corners and hug a thug before the thugs hug them!
Where is your King Tut after 400 years in America? Will your bling bling last four thousand years?
The event celebrates the 30 years of Dr. Wade Nobles Institude for the Study of Black Life and his 60th birthday. Tickets to the events are in the $50-100.00 range so unless the scholars have scholarships for the Hug A Thug brothers and sisters, it may turn out to be a meeting of the elite singing to the choir. Read David Walker's Appeal, the chapter on our wretchedness in consequence of education. Or Carter G. Woodson's Miseducation of the Negro.