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Day in Solidarity with African People

Presented by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement

In the face of increasing black community joblessness and poverty, along with growing discrimination in the justice and education systems, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement is excited to return to The Studio@620 for its annual Day in Solidarity with African People.

As black communities are bearing the brunt of the recession, the Uhuru Movement is building an international network of programs for economic empowerment and self-sufficiency, including a midwifery program in Sierra Leone, tutoring programs in Oakland and Washington D.C., community building in London, a recording studio and fitness center in St. Pete, incubator commercial kitchens in St. Pete and Oakland, used furniture stores in Philadelphia and Oakland, and a community garden and marketplace in Houston.

Across the country - including in Sarasota, San Diego, Oakland, Philly, NYC, Chicago - Day in Solidarity with African People events will raise over $10,000 for the Uhuru Movement's black community empowerment programs. Join us in saluting and supporting the optimistic programs and movement of African people for justice and liberation here and around the world. Enjoy and be inspired by live music and refreshments, with presentations by:

Omali Yeshitela is Chairman of the African Socialist International and founder of the Uhuru Movement. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, he left a job with the St. Petersburg Times to join the Meredith March across Mississippi for black rights in 1964. After serving time on the Florida chain gang for tearing down a racist mural that hung in City Hall, Yeshitela went on to build the movement for African liberation in cities throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa. A revolutionary political theoretician and fiery orator, Yeshitela is author of several books and founding editor of The Burning Spear Newspaper, the longest-running black power journal in continuous publication since the 1960s.

Penny Hess is Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee, a national organization devoted to raising political and material support for the African liberation movement from the Euro-american community and other allies of the black struggle. She is the author of the book Overturning the Culture of Violence and makes a dynamic presentation on economics - explaining how the current crisis is unfolding and making the case that collapse is the inevitable course of the capitalist system with its roots in colonialism, slavery and genocide. "The time is now for us all to turn our backs on a corrupt and violent system and to cast our fate with the rising of oppressed peoples building a sustainable and just future."

Krown and Bella are popular hip-hop performers from South St. Pete. You will be inspired by their dynamic vocals with politically progressive lyrics and keen social commentary.

For more information phone: 727-683-9949

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