FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2020.
LIBERIANS IN THE USA AND HOMELAND TO GATHER at KAHLER HALL 5440 OLD TUCKER ROW, COLUMBIA, MARYLAND from March 13-15, 2020, 200 years after the historic journey of the Schooner Elizabeth, that took the first 88 people of color to Liberia via Sierra Leone.
In 2014 the first ALDC gathered just 5 minutes from the historic Davis Hotel where the American Colonization Society was formed in December 1816. This year’s conference is themed: “The Roadmap to Diaspora Community Empowerment–Promoting Good Governance and Participatory Engagements in the Diaspora & Homeland.”
The conference aims to bring organizations and individuals that are critical resources for progressive movement-building in Liberia and its diaspora. The conference will address the theme of nation-building through civic education for social, economic, and political engagements, and to create networks across issues and/or communities; to promote home-grown leadership among groups that have been disadvantaged, and to contribute to a shared understanding of the problems of inequality and injustice; offering a public space for dialogues needed to identify common principles for genuine nation-building.
In addition, ALDC will honor several individuals and organizations with the AFRICANA COURAGE AWARD—for their outstanding roles in society and Liberia in particular, Carl Patrick Burrowes, Ph.D., Joseph Gbaba, EdD, Lisa Cooper, MD, Dougbeh Chris Nyan, MD, Mr. Samuel P. Jackson, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois; including Lone Star 65-75 comprising of Coach Philip Robinson and his legendary stars—Winebo Toe, Monkey Brown, Josiah Johnson, Samuel Burnette, Borbor Gaye, Charles Woelfel, et al.
The conference will officially launch the Liberian Civil War Memorial and the Liberian Diaspora Investment & Trust Fund—documenting the past and building financial and economic opportunities for Liberians in the diaspora and homeland—knowing that a nation that does not take its history seriously is bound to repeat the mistakes of its past—politically, socially, economically, and culturally. When we reason critically and objectively, we can move forward!
Julius Browne, Media Relations, ALDC 2020
Contact: The All Liberian Diaspora Conference (ALDC), 608-416-9794 firstname.lastname@example.org