Black Professional Collective Meeting: Connect, Inspire, Grow
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." – Nelson Mandela Throughout history, social movements and individuals have inspired change to enhance the freedom of others. From the Civil Rights Movement led by Martin Luther King to the anti-apartheid struggle led by Nelson Mandela, the voices of people who often left unheard, whose experiences were devalued and whose presence was questioned. In contrast to the US, South Africa and the UK, the Netherlands never had a mass movement of people of color who collectively spoke out against institutional racism, discrimination and inequality, untill now. Despite our current social movements, structural inequalities, racism and discrimination continue to limit people’s freedom and infringe their human rights. Recently, the protest in Ferguson sparked a movement in the US while the Black Pete debate in the Netherlands led to a movement in the Netherlands, both challenging the dominant narrative. During the event “NUC Unchained: connecting the movements” several scholars will reflect on the differences and similarities between local and global movements from the past and the present. How is Black Pete related to racial discrimination, institutional racism and structural inequality? How are racial discrimination and institutional racism in the US, the UK and the Netherlands connected and how can different movements collaborate to fight against social injustice?
@ the Geelvinck museum Hinlopen huis Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, scholar, and activist, will share his view on our social movements from the American perspective. Black history specialist, author and motivational speaker, Andrew Muhammed, will teach us about British social movements and inspires us to continue raising our voices against social injustice/inequality. Dienke Hondius from the VU University will share her latest research on the Afro-Diaspora in the Netherlands and we will end with a panel of students and activists engaged in the movement for social change.  http://www.geelvinck.nl/exposities/swart-op-de-gracht-slavernij-en-de-grachtengordel/
When? Saturday October 25th 2014 Where? Geelvinck museum, Keizersgracht 633, 1017 DS Amsterdam Time? 12:30 – 16:00 Entry fee? €5,- to be paid in cash at entry, sign up via the form.
@ the Geelvinck museum Hinlopen huis The outcome of the event will be used for an advisory report for the mayor of Amsterdam and the Dutch government. The event, will ironically be held at the Geelvinck museum Hinlopen huis, a mansion built on the prestigious canals of Amsterdam which was owned by a merchant family the Geelvinck’s. This wealthy family was active in the East and West Indies Companies. “Moreover, Albert Geelvinck was appointed one of the first Directors of the ‘Societeit van Suriname’, the public-private enterprise to administer the slave trade and plantation economy. In this function, Albert Geelvinck participated in slave transports destined for the plantations in Suriname. Till the end of the 18th c., also marking the end of the WIC in 1792, the families after Albert and Sara, were connected with the Societeit van Suriname, as director or in other positions, This makes the Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis a ‘lieu de memoire’ of this episode of Amsterdam and Dutch colonial history.”  http://www.geelvinck.nl/exposities/swart-op-de-gracht-slavernij-en-de-grachtengordel/