Institute of the Black World to hold post-election Town Hall

Don Rojas | 11/5/2020, midnight
On Thursday, Nov. 5, two days after one of the most consequential elections in the history of the U.S., the ...
Ras Baraka

On Thursday, Nov. 5, two days after one of the most consequential elections in the history of the U.S., the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) will convene a virtual Town Hall Meeting to assess the impact of the election on Black America and the Pan-African World.

The Town Hall (from 7-9 p.m. EST) will be hosted by Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, N.J. and will bring together leaders from Black America’s major civil rights, human rights, faith and activist organizations. Said Baraka, “IBW continues to return to Newark time and time again to focus on the progressive policies we are working to institute in our city as a model for the nation. I am delighted to host this critical virtual town hall meeting with IBW as one of our city’s most dedicated partners!”

This gathering is in keeping with the tradition of IBW convening Town Hall Meetings every four years after presidential elections. These gatherings offer African American leaders an opportunity to share perspectives on the significance of the presidential elections on the interests and aspirations of Black people in the U.S. and the Pan African World. The Town Hall meetings are typically the first major event of the State of the Black World Conferences, which IBW convenes every four years. Because of the COVID pandemic, the conference is being postponed, but the Town Hall will be convened as a virtual event.

Dr. Ron Daniels, president of IBW said, “While we are postponing State of the Black World Conference V until after it can safely be convened as an in-person event, the unprecedented nature of this presidential election dictated that IBW provide a venue for Black leaders to share their analysis of what the outcome of the election will mean for the future of Black people in this country and around the world.”

Danny Glover, actor, humanitarian and U.N. Ambassador for the Decade of People of African Descent, who is a special guest and respondent for the Town Hall Meeting, offered his view on the importance of this moment in history: “The impact of this election will be felt for years to come all over the world. It’s important that we give thought to how we organize to devise policies that will eradicate all the vestiges of Trumpism while also advocating for progressive change.”

The Town Hall Meeting will be co-moderated by Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Black America’s leading political economist, newspaper columnist and president of Bennett College for Women, and the Rev. Mark Thompson, social and political activist and host/producer of the Make it Plain Podcast.

“It is only fitting that a major conversation of this nature be hosted in Newark by the Honorable Ras J. Baraka, one of the most progressive mayors in the U.S. The nation, Black America and the Pan African world will be eager to hear his thoughts on the way forward,” Dr. Daniels concluded.

Panelists and participants for the Town Hall:

-Marc Morial, president/CEO, National Urban League, New York, N.Y.

-Derrick Johnson, president/CEO, NAACP, Baltimore, Md.

-The Rev. Dr. S. Todd Yeary, senior vice-president, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Chicago, Ill.

-Dr. E. Faye Williams, president/CEO, National Congress of Black Women, Washington, D.C.

-Melanie Campbell, president, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, Washington, D.C.

-Barbara Anrwine, founder/president, Transformative Change Coalition, Washington, D.C.

-Marbre-Stahly-Butts, convener, Policy Table, Movement for Black Lives, Brooklyn, N.Y.

-Jasiri X, hip hop activist, founder, One Hood Media Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

-Janice Mathis, Esq, executive director, National Council of Negro Women, Washington, D.C.

-Pastor Michael McBride, director of Urban Strategies, Faith in Action, Berkley, Calif.

-Larry Hamm, chairman, People’s Organization for Progress, Newark, N.J.

-Fredrica Bey, founder, Women in Support of the Million Man March, Newark, N.J.

-Dr. Iva Carruthers, general secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago, Ill.

-Ayanna Gregory, artist, educator, human rights activist, Washington, D.C.

The Nov. 5 Town Hall Meeting will be broadcast from 7-9 p.m. EST on IBW’s web and social media platforms as well as on the platforms of IBW’s media partners:

-Web: ibw21.org

-YouTube: @ibw21st

-Facebook: @ibw21st

-Twitter: @ibw21st

-Instagram: @ibw21st

-Cable: Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), New York, N.Y.

-Radio: WPFW, 89.3 FM (Pacifica Radio) Washington, D.C.

-Radio: WBAI, 99.5 FM (Pacifica Radio), New York, N.Y.

-Web: The Real News Network (TRNN), Baltimore, Md.

Contact:

-Don Rojas, editors@ibw21.org

-Web: ibw21.org or call 410-844-1031