This free public forum, hosted by WDS Connections, is the first of a series of planned call to action discussions to revisit W.E.B. DuBois definition of the problem of 20th Century America, “The Color Line”. The discussion will focus on the role that culture and the by products of Western Imperialism (cultural hegemony and cultural conditioning) play in the overwhelming dominance and control of one group, over all others, militarily, financially and economically.
Saturday – 12:30pm- Open – African Drum Session w/children dancers(?), Lift Every Voice & Sing
1. Speaker – Oswald Cooper, Executive Director WDS Connections & Family Independence Initiative (FII) Fellow, Former Managing Cultural Differences Facilitator, Host & Organizer of The Up Together Forum, will lay the foundation & context of the forum. Addressing the 20th century problem of the color line from the 21st century perspective of globalization and cultural hegemony.
2. Speaker – Ric Mathis, Film Activist Writer, Producer, and Director of the documentary, “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave”, which examines the Economic Psychology of African Americans spending habits and the importance of leaving a Legacy, will share what his research in doing the film revealed and his conclusions on how we create & leave a legacy for the next generation.
3. Speaker – Baba Ken Amen – Entreprenuer & FII Fellow, introduce and present the Family Independence Initiative to the audience and how it’s mission, goals and approach provide the template and resources to put our community on the path to creating and leaving that legacy.
4. Speaker – James Carter, Esq. – Former City Councilman, Managing Partner of Carter & McKee, LLC
5. Speaker – Dr. Danette O’Neal – President/Broker/Owner DOR (Danette ONeal Realtors); Professor & SME at Strayer, RealtorU, and Author – Money Matters101 & Kidpreneur 101, will share tips from her Money Matters Series on how to survive, sustain and achieve that legacy during the Trump era.
3:30pm – 3:45pm