Category: Art & Peace

How 1960s Algeria Became a “Mecca for revolutionaries”

In the 1960s Algeria promoted itself as a “Mecca for revolutionaries.” Allegedly, it was not uncommon to run into freedom fighters such as Nelson Mandela and Amilcar Cabral on the streets of Algiers. And in 1969 the city hosted the pan-African festival of culture, Panaf, which brought together many liberations movements from the “Global South” that based their struggles on...

BlackKKKlansman: injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

Spike Lee adopted the Africana tradition of story-telling in his award-winning film about a 1970s Black detective, Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington, son of Denzel) who, as the first black cop in the city, infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and also infiltrated a radical Black Students’ Union in Colorado Springs and eventually helped to save the life...

Roots of Aretha Franklin, proletarian culture and the rise of black Detroit

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul was an outstanding manifestation of the African American struggle for dignity and freedom. Detroit artist and social activist Aretha Franklin passed into her ancestral realm on Wednesday morning 16 August while surrounded by family and friends in her Detroit Riverfront condominium downtown. It had been announced the previous week that Aretha was gravely ill...

On the World Football Cup and Education for a Culture of Peace BY Prof. Alicia Cabezudo

  School life can be seen as an imaginary “front-line” crossed in multiple directions by diverse types of violence actually present in almost all societies. The violence of the socio-economic system, with its continuous adjustments creates poverty and misery for a large number of the world’s population. The violence in the political system, exercised by governments that pretend to practice...

“Making that album was like a cleansing” By: Michiel van Oosterhout

He taught singer Bobby Brown African lullabies and saw Richie Havens perform his anthem ‘Freedom’ at the legendary 1969 Woodstock music festival. Long before Wasswa Birigwa became a household name in Ugandan business and politics, he was a celebrated musician both in his home country and the United States. In the early 1970’s he released an Afro-American folk jazz album...