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Tunisia. Egypt. Libya. On the anniversary of the birthday of Malcolm X and in recognition of African Liberation Day, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, in partnership with the Arab American National Museum, presents Uprising: African Liberation in the 21st Century, an examination of regime change in North Africa and its impact on the political conversation in sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the continent.


Dr. Wesley Williams

The event features discussion by Dr. Wesley Williams (left) of Michigan State University, Mark Fancher (below, right) of ACLU Michigan and National Conference of Black Lawyers, and will be moderated by Ismael Ahmed (below, left) of University of Michigan-Dearborn and co-founder of ACCESS.

Mark Fancher


Ten northern African nations are also considered to be Arab nations. African-Arab nations share these unifying factors: membership in the League of Arab States, also known as the Arab League; having Arabic as the official language of government and commerce (Somalia is an exception); and the presence of shared culture, history and traditions in these nations. African nations that are also part of the Arab World are Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, and Comoros Islands.


Ismael Ahmed

The Conference of Independent African States held on April 15, 1958 in Ghana was the first pan-African conference held on African soil, and called for the founding of African Freedom Day, to mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the People of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. Five years later, on May 25, 1963, leaders of 32 independent African States met to form the Organization of African Unity. At this meeting, the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from April 15 to May 25, and Africa Freedom Day was declared African Liberation Day.


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