Friday, October 7, 2011

Recommendation of A New Pan African Holiday Beginning July 5, 2012


During 2011’s International Year of African Descendants (IYPAD), as declared by the United Nations, a small group of Pan Africans in various parts of the globe discussed the idea of an international celebration which would symbolize our growing Africanness. The recommendation was the Pan African Day of the Drum (PADD), July 5th, on which at 12 noon, wherever African people live, operate, interact and engage, they would let loose the rhythmic voices of the worldwide African Experience. Individuals beating a solitary syncopation, or groups in fellowship celebrations were all to be included. The only format suggested was to enter and enjoy the rhythms—let them move you to higher ground. It was to be free, flighty and fun !!
There were several initial events held on July 5, 2011 in Chicago, in Los Angeles, and in other locales. The biggest, loudest, and most rhythmically serene was in the Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. Johns. The folk literally boogied down, up and all around, joyously celebrating the continuing presence, progress and persistence of Africans in the world.
PADU is thus recommending that on July 5, 2012 and every other recurrence of that day annually, African people worldwide trust in the rhythms again — beat some drums and shake the earth. As a continuing reference model, utilize the experiences of Per Ankh University and other Virgin Islands folk as captured on YouTube and FaceBook( ).

PADU recommends that the Pan African Day of the Drum (PADD) be a 21st century annual celebration of the people, in commemoration of where we’ve been, what we’ve come through, and where we are going.
Along with May 25th, this can become the second global Pan African holiday celebration.

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