As part of Black History Month 2021 at SOAS, celebrated under the theme of Black Emancipatory Futures, the EDI team hosted Chris Olaoluwa Ogunmodede, Associate Editor with the World Politics Review, and an Editor with the Republic, a Nigerian pan-African publication, Maxine Thomas-Asante, an anti-racism facilitator and consultant and SOAS Alumnus, and Brian Kagoro, Professor of Practice in the SOAS School of Law in a roundtable discussion exploring Black Internationalist Futures.
Moderated by Dr Awino Okech, the panelists examined Black internationalism as a global Black diasporic and African solidarity tradition and explored what its relevance might be for contemporary political struggles around the world.
Maxine Thomas-Asante highlighted the importance of differentiated solidarity as a route for empathy. The role of the digital age in supporting organising was noted as key – however, privacy and space for communal conversations are reduced.
Chris Olaoluwa Ogunmodede noted the importance of intergenerational organising witnessed in Mali, Niger and Guinea as emblematic of newer, radical visions for change. He cautioned against singular homogenising narratives of Black communities noting they are unhelpful to more complex understandings of the Black experience.
Brian Kagoro emphasized Pan-African and transnational solidarity especially in relation to taking control of narratives, power, technology, and economy.
Look out for other Black History Month 2021 events at soas.ac.uk.