On behalf of the African Diaspora Directorate and the people of African Descent in the USA, I, Dr. Kofi Agyapong, Chairman of the African Diaspora Directorate, send my congratulations to all Ghanaians on the 63rd celebration of our independence (March 6th 2020).
As we mark this important occasion, we as an American Civil Society Organization for the African Diaspora, reaffirm our shared values and interest in promoting democracy, prosperity, and security.
Our important cooperation to bolster good governance, cultivate economic opportunity and international trade, and promote regional security speaks to the enduring partnership between the United States and Ghana.
As the Ghanian nation celebrates its Independence Day, we look forward to advancing shared priorities in the spirit of continued collaboration.
On our weekly public conference calls we explore how in 2020 this will come about, based on the African Diaspora Directorate recognizing that becoming Americans did not create economic opportunity for Africans, rather the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this year in the practice of institutionalized racism on Americans of African Descent. We go over our actions every Saturday at noon EST for up to 2 hours. Agendas are posted here.
The African Diaspora – 300M strong with a Global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of over $2T USD; $1.25T in USA.
The African Diaspora Definition
In a world characterized by increasing mobility and interconnectedness, the People of the African diasporas have assumed a new importance in the African Union, the United Nations and the United States of America. The African Diaspora may be divided into two categories:
(i) people of African heritage who “involuntarily” migrated to North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Brazil, Latin America, Arab Lands, Oceania, etc.; and,
(ii) persons who recently left Africa, 1919. and on, “voluntarily”.
Furthermore, we accept the recognition of the African Diaspora globally and legally by the 55 African member states of intergovernmental African Union based on the AU Executive Council meeting in its 7th Ordinary Session in Sirte in June/July 2005, by Decision EX.CL/Dec.221(VII), adopted the following definition of the Diaspora: “The African Diaspora consists of peoples of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union”.
The African Diaspora Directorate has adapted its ideology, “Global Action made Local” which rejects a fundamental adherence to left- or right-wing politics or policies, instead requiring the adoption of such policies as correspond to the problems faced by the nation at any given moment through the lens of the history and needs of the 47m People of African Descent in the global African Diaspora living in the USA. Thus both right- and left-wing policies may be considered equally carefully in formulation of the policy of t he African Diaspora Directorate in the creation of its solutions.
This document is based on exercising our American citizenship rights in this historic year that the US Government has recognized 400 years of Africans in the USA (1789-2019) and its 13 progenitor British Colonies (1619-1789) .
Friends of the African Union, a 7 year old co-founder of the African Diaspora Directorate, is the creator of the #BlackFolksPlan, a Community Benefit Agreement for black folk in the USA.
The #BlackFolksPlan is to be a solution based on our the work of Friends of the African Union (FAU) presented to the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent in 2017 based on their 2016 Investigation of the condition of black folk in the United States. FAU provided in its report solutions to the practice of institutionalized racism in government and business on the descendant Americans of African heritage from 1868 through today and as important solutions through Community Benefit Agreements to the effects subsequently de jure & de facto of that racial & economic discrimination.
The African Diaspora Directorate believes that it is time, as members of the African family worldwide, to capitalize on our joint skills, contacts and intellectual property to create a solution based on the goal of ending institutionalized governmental racism in the United States of America and implementing a superset of the AU’s Africa 2063 that is inclusive of the African Diaspora.
We call that the #BlackFolksPlanforAfrica
The African Diaspora Directorate Purpose is to support the people of the African Diaspora using the African Union to create a unified Africa which includes the youths, daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, babies, elders, and connect all our people worldwide.
The African Diaspora Directorate Unity is where members of the organization will be able to unite, not only with the people of the African Union from all over the world that have similar goals, interest, skills, talents, and collective goals but also with allies who support the people of the AU in meeting the challenging times before us.
The African Diaspora Directorate Self-Determination is where a member can take as an active part in our development as an unified African people as they want – in person or electronically. We encourage members to take a leadership role in the activities of the The African Diaspora Directorate and will make it fully inclusive of peoples with disabilities, women and our youth.
The African Diaspora Directorate Collective Work and Responsibility is centered around private-public partnerships. A member will have the opportunity to take part in making a better present and future for our children, youth, women, seniors and people with disabilities by being involved with the collective works and responsibility that is going to make life better for African People.
The African Diaspora Directorate’s Cooperative Economics creates for each member a public-private partnership that makes each member part of an American economic plan that will aid in our people’s financial upliftment.
We call this our domestic plan the #BlackFolksPlan.
The African Diaspora Directorate as a Creative Class Coalition encourages members to use their creativity to come up with ideas that will be beneficial to our people, starting with themselves through joint ventures with The African Diaspora Directorate and standalone ventures.
We accept the African Union’s (AU) 2005 definition of the African Diaspora (AU=the 55 nations of the African Continent)
In 2005, the African Union (AU) defined the African Diaspora as “… peoples of African descent and heritage living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship, and who remain committed to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.” In 2012 The AU expanded, in writing but not in fact, its membership to those who do not live in its established 5 regions to a 6th region – the African Diaspora.
The African Diaspora is mainly those persons of African descent dispersed from Africa into Europe, Asia and the Americas during Arab and European commercial slave raids. It also consists of those persons who voluntarily migrated from Africa in the 20th and 21st century. The African population in the Western Hemisphere is over 125 million persons in South America (mainly Brazil & Columbia), with 3M in Central America, 42M in the Caribbean, 22M in the Middle East, 20M in Asia (Including India/Indonesia), 13M in Europe and 50M in North America, 47M of them in the United States of America (According to the 2018 US Census Bureau Estimate)