Africa Now May 25, 2016
A Look at the AU's Proposal for the Sixth Region; and the Implications of North Carolina's Affordable Education Act
Topics and Guests: May 25 is African Liberation Day also known as Africa Day. The day is commemorated by Africans on the continent and beyond remembering the various independence struggles to attain freedom from European colonial powers. The day is also commemorated for the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963—the predecessor of the African Union (AU). With that in mind today Africa Now! highlights the AU’s proposal for the Sixth Region which encompasses African descendants outside the continent. The other five regions are within African continent: Central, East, North, Southern, and West Africa. Yesterday Africa Now! Host and Co-Producer Mwiza Munthali had a conversation with Mr. James Early on what the Sixth Region of the AU means. Mr. James Early is the former Director of Cultural Studies and Communication at the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. He serves on the Board of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). Mr. Early was requested by then South African Ambassador to the U. S. Barbara Masekela to moderate two 2007 New York City (NYC) U. S. Diaspora meetings towards 2012 First A. U. Diaspora Summit. Prior to the first 2005 NYC meeting he was invited by Ambassador Masekela and Harry Belafonte along with Danny Glover to meet with President Mbeki in NYC to discuss the plans going forward to 2012. Between 2005-2007 Mr. Early was invited by the AU’s Citizens and Diaspora Organizations Directorate to attend several African Continental meetings.
Africa Now! Executive Producer and Co-Host James Pope focuses on the implications of North Carolina's Affordable Education Act. North Carolina's Affordable Education Act proposes to cut in-state tuition to $500.00 and out-of-state tuition to $2,500.00: but there is more than meets the eye.
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