In preparation for the Africa & African Diaspora Conference (AAD) on 23-29 October 2021, The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting you to this AAD pre-conference webinar discussion.
While there are political, economic, religious, spiritual manifestations of the deprivation and discrimination of Africa and Africans in the Diaspora, there is no denying that racism (as an attitude that bases itself on a false theory of hierarchies within the human race, in which the “white race” is considered superior to all other “races” with the “black race” being considered the least of all “races” or even “sub-race”) is a transversal theme across all these dimensions. This centrality of racism in the experiences of Africans (on the continent or in the diaspora) motivated the need for a pre-conference conversation on racism and its manifestations and how it is experienced by Africans in the different regions of the world.
In order to cater for the major time differences between the East and the West, the webinar conversation will be held twice and will be moderated by the convenors of the AAD conference themselves, namely:
- Morning Session: Rev. Dr. Frank Chikane, moderator of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs for the World Council of Churches (WCC)
- Afternoon Session: Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC)
Opening and closing remarks will be conveyed by Prof. Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC Deputy General Secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia at the WCC.
Dr. Catherine S. Namakula, Vice Chair, UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD)
Mr. Richard Reddie, Director of Justice and Inclusion, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)
Rev. Dr Karen Georgia Thompson, General Synod Administrator United Church of Christ, USA