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Important update about the first event with Dhoruba bin Wahad as part of #Dhoruba2018

In consequence of massive interventions and unacceptable restrictions, the lecture "BORN IN THE STORM TO BECOME A BLACK PANTHER - The life story of Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad told by himself" will NOT take place at the Department of African Studies at the University of Vienna. The new place and time is therefore: Afripoint, Hofmühlgasse 2, 1060 Vienna at 6:30 p.m.

More about this in the coming days or at the press conference on Thursday, 21.06.2018 at 11 a.m. in Dar al Janub.


Lectures by Dhoruba bin Wahad

BORN IN THE STORM TO BECOME A BLACK PANTHER - The life story of Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad told by himself

Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad, former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, and later a political prisoner in the USA for 19 years, will recount the path of his life from membership in a South Bronx street gang to his ultimate self-realization in the organization and ideology of the Black Panther Party. Along the way, he experienced a first stretch of incarceration for youthful offenses, a break with this past after the murder of Malcolm X, and his conversion to Islam. Why does he tell this story? He wants to make it clear to the current generation of marginalized and socially discriminated people of colour, Muslims, and those struggling for survival in the regions afflicted by imperial wars that organizing and the overcoming of individualism and egoism are the keys to winning rights and dignity. Dhoruba is a person with unique consciousness and personal experiences. He is a witness of his times, an activist, and an academic, who does not describe historical developments in abstruse and intellectualized terms that are designed to extinguish the flame of activism. Dhoruba speaks from experience and from his reflections on this experience to share a picture with his audience that differs markedly from the coopted narrative that is fabricated in the West. Questions will be raised about the compulsive violence of colonialism and consequently about the legitimacy of resistance; reasons for the current paralysis of those who need to take their fate into their own hands will be named, and challenging ideas about Islam and liberation will be raised.

Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad, ehemaliges Black Panther Party und Black Liberation Army Mitglied, 19 Jahre als politischer Gefangener in den USA festgehalten, erzählt seinen persönlichen und politischen Werdegang vom Angehörigen einer Gang in der South Bronx von New York, den ersten Gefängnisaufenthalten, dem Bruch, den der Tod Malcolm X bei ihm auslöste, die Rückkehr zum Islam und letztendlich die organisatorische und ideologische Verwirklichung in der Black Panther Party. Warum erzählt er diese Geschichte? Um heutigen Generationen von Marginalisierten, Deklassierten, People of Colour, Muslimen, ums Überleben Kämpfenden in den Kriegszonen des imperialen Angriffs, zu verdeutlichen, dass Organisierung und Überwindung des Individualismus/ Egoismus der Schlüssel zum Prozess der Erringung von Recht und Würde ist. Dhoruba ist Subjekt, Zeitzeuge, Aktivist und Akademiker, der nicht distanziert und intellektualisiert Prozesse aus vergangenen Zeiten beschreibt, um letztendlich das Feuer zum Erlöschen zu bringen. Dhoruba erzählt aus Erfahrung und der Reflexion dieser Erfahrungen, um den Zuhörenden ein anderes Bild zu geben, als das industriell gefertigte und kooptierte Narrativ aus westlicher Produktion. Es werden Fragen zum Gewaltkomplex des Kolonialismus angesprochen und damit zur Rechtmäßigkeit eines Widerstandes, Gründe genannt für die heutige lähmende Situation derer, die ihr Schicksal in die Hand nehmen müssten, und Herausfordernde Gedanken zu Islam und Befreiung aufgeworfen.

Thursday, June 21st​ 2018, 6.30 p.m., Afripoint, Hofmühlgasse 2, 1060 Vienna

A cooperation event of the Institute for African Studies, the research platform "Mobile Cultures and Societies" and the Union for Antiracism and Peace Policy - Dar al Janub

free entrance




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