This project was a partnership between the Departments of African Studies and Afro American Studies, and was generously funded by the Center for African Studies at Howard University through the Academic Faculty Enhancement and Enrichment (AFEE) Program.
On November 29, 2016, we held a panel discussion on Black Activism in the US and South Africa that brought together three activists working on two major social justice movements: The Movement for Black Lives in the U.S. and the Fallist movement in South Africa. These are two pivotal movements for Black lives in the U.S. and South Africa represented in the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #FeesMustFall/#RhodesMustFall. Both movements are changing dialogues around race, gender, class, violence, and oppression. The panelists included Dr. Melina Abdullah, professor of Pan African Studies at California State University Los Angeles and national organizer with #BlackLivesMatter; Kealeboga Mase Ramaru, organizer with #RhodesMustFall at the University of Cape Town and the Deputy Head for the Western Cape office at Equal Education, Nana Afua Y. Brantuo, an African Studies alum and a 2016 fellow with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI).