The Institute of the Black World is holding its fourth State of the Black World Conference Nov. 16-20 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

The conference is held every four years to assess the plight of the African Diaspora. It assembles an international spectrum of scholars, activists, faith leaders, entrepreneurs and entertainers, as well as political theorists to forge strategies in assisting the worldwide Black community.

This year’s gathering is dedicated to the memory of Amiri Baraka, who nearly 50 years ago helped to organize the country’s first “Black Power Conference” in Newark. The conference will include town hall meetings and plenary sessions discussing reparations, education, economic development, spirituality and healing the Black family amid the war on drugs and other issues.

The final day of the conference will feature a keynote address by Nation of Islam leader the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

The event will be live streamed on, Facebook and YouTube. Go to to register and for more information.