10/21/10

Firstly we must give thanks and praises to God, whose name and attributes are just as diverse as the names, cultures, and tradition of us as Afrikan people and to our ancestors, martyrs, our saints, who all over the world, struggled to lay this foundation we have today to continue in the spirit of freedom, the spirit of liberation, and the spirit to return and maintain our integrity as a people of the Afrikan Continent. It is indeed a good day that we all have come to set down with each other in unity to advance the civilization of African and her peoples.

 Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Inc would also like to thank the African Union for its perseverance in making this African Diaspora conference a reality and we pray that we will find it inspiring. It is due to the advancement of the African nations towards a united stage that we have come together today with intentions of uniting we here in the Diaspora towards the final steps to a raising African continent.

A.U.H., Inc is an umbrella organizational catalyst here to spearhead the empowerment and unity of African People worldwide. There are 4 pillars supporting this umbrella which are Charitable, Educational, Scientific, and Religious. We are connected to the 54 countries of Africa and the African Diaspora Sixth Region through their Embassies, Missions, Consulates, Organizations and people of Africa, by keeping them informed of our events, invitations to participate in our community forums, letters of moral support, and community reports to also include working partnership.  Support from the international leadership for AUH, Inc. has come from the African Union, the Missions and Embassies from Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Kenya. And our connections to South America are continual.

To date, Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Inc’s membership and global participation is reaching over 500 Afrikan People and Organizations of who we have directly worked and commutated with. A.U.H., Inc has been established for ten years, incorporated February 21, 2006 and is a not for profit organization. Since its forming by founder and President Brother Kassayi Hailu, an African born on the Continent, and Vice President Dr. James J. Graves, an African born in the Diaspora, the organization has produce  22 community programs and four international conferences centered on the crisis of the Horn of Africa. We have also implemented several community programs and projects under the 4 pillars supporting the A.U.H., Inc umbrella. Please view our Missions statement to read full detail of each.

We are currently voting members of PADU (Pan African Diaspora Union) and partners with SDRC (Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus). Our main objective to establish a community center tilted, “ The Center of Afrikan Unity”, in Harlem, where “ No matter where we are born, No matter what language we speak, No matter what religion we practice, We are One Afrikan People home and abroad. We are in need of a place to sit down and the center will provide this historical and cultural reflection of us all in one setting. We like to work within your initiative like in the Africa House to collectively work to establish the community center in Harlem.

Your Excellences we stand with you on the advent of peace and security in Africa. Let our people without visa be able to travel throughout the continent and for us in the Diaspora to do likewise. A.U.H., Inc. is also asking our scholars to bring the history of a united African people so that Africa can finally tell the world who and what she is. Africa feeds the whole world but it is Her children who our most hungry and begging in the streets. And globally inhumane acts continue to violate Her children’s human and people’s rights just as in France when the African women immigrates were dragged with their babies on their backs from street concerns due to the protesting the system of homelessness.

Your Excellencies, yes we need the skills bank, as well as the Center of Afrikan Unity. This center is a safe place for all of us no matter where we are from to come together in reconciliation with the world’s harms towards us, to live among each other to reacquaint out families and share our common heritage as a united people. The Center of Afrikan Unity in Harlem will utilize professionals, volunteers, student volunteers and community based activist who are blood descendants of the African continent. Each volunteer will be expected to successfully participate in a three week training program at the beginning of their work with the center. This training program will provide basic historical information pertaining to African history. We will focus on Africa’s relationship to other parts of the world through, art, culture, language, and science. The center will also give all volunteers information about African peoples and on African-centered educational methods. Volunteers who demonstrate proficiency during the initial training program will be invited to participate in an advanced training program to learn effective teaching techniques to foster the professional skills to secure their own futures. Each student volunteer will be expected to contribute 3-5 hours each week and to continue with The Center of Afrikan Unity in Harlem for a period of not less than 6 months with the benefits of college credits and field experience.

The Center of Afrikan Unity in Harlem will operate with 6 full and part time staff members. In addition, a Governing Board made up of international community leaders and Harlem activists that will provide overall operation and supervision of the Center.

We look forward in setting down with all of you to share our goals in the establishment of The Center of Afrikan Unity in Harlem, and we know you will support such timely and noteworthy event.

Most Respect

Sister Ivory Ann Black II Woletta Sellassie

Executive Secretary

Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Inc

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