UNIA - ACL Woodson.Banneker.Jackson-Bey Division #330

UNIA - ACL Woodson.Banneker.Jackson-Bey Division  #330 A Division of the UNIVERSAL NEGRO IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION and AFRICAN COMMUNITIES LEAGUE founded by the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey in 1914.

The primary objectives of Division 330 are to inspire, motivate, and empower African people in the DMV. A social, friendly,humanitarian, charitable, educational, institutional, constructive and expansive society, and is founded by persons desiring to the utmost to work for the general uplift of the Negro peoples of the world. And the members pledge themselves to do all in their power to conserve t

The primary objectives of Division 330 are to inspire, motivate, and empower African people in the DMV. A social, friendly,humanitarian, charitable, educational, institutional, constructive and expansive society, and is founded by persons desiring to the utmost to work for the general uplift of the Negro peoples of the world. And the members pledge themselves to do all in their power to conserve t

10/06/2021
Continuing Division 330 UNIA-ACL RC 2020 monthly focus on the African diaspora culture, history and socio-economic dynam...
09/24/2021

Continuing Division 330 UNIA-ACL RC 2020 monthly focus on the African diaspora culture, history and socio-economic dynamics.

Continuing Division 330 UNIA-ACL RC 2020 monthly focus on the African diaspora culture, history and socio-economic dynamics.

We salute the AfroLatin Brothers and Sisters, Afrodecendientes, Africans of the Americas, in this the declared Latinx He...
09/16/2021

We salute the AfroLatin Brothers and Sisters, Afrodecendientes, Africans of the Americas, in this the declared Latinx Heritage Month. You are loved, respected and cherished.

Afro-Latinidad an Integral Part of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Today, as the United States once again acknowledges the culture, languages and traditions of [email protected] during what is known as Latinx Heritage Month or Hispanic Heritage Month, it is important to remember that contributions by [email protected] of African Descent (Black [email protected], [email protected]) are an integral part of Latinidad in the United States and throughout Latin America. Unfortunately, many LHM/HHM celebrations/events will, sadly, misrepresent and decentralize Blackness. This is an inherent problem within Latinidad, a term that has oftentimes been used to erase Blackness. As our dear late director Miriam Jiménez Román wrote in the introduction to The [email protected] Reader: History and Culture in the United States:

“While the post–Civil Rights era brought a widespread reflection on race and Blackness among African Americans, especially because of the rapid rise in Black immigration from the Caribbean and Africa, [email protected] identity came to be increasingly defined as non-Black, and in some ways anti-Black. The inadequacy of the [email protected] concept along with the need to broaden and complicate the notion of Blackness in the United States has given rise to the understanding that Latinidad and Blackness are not mutually exclusive and to a recognition of their interface in the [email protected] presence.”

And, even while Latinidad and Blackness have always been connected, this representation is often ignored in popular media, as Miriam continues:

[email protected] have faced virtually total invisibility and erasure as a possible component of either the [email protected] or the Black population: as far as the mainstream media are concerned, [email protected] are not black and Blacks are not [email protected] And on the rare occasions when [email protected] do find their way into media or other public forms of representation... the distortions, misunderstandings, and negative stereotypes have been rampant. While this disconnect between group experience and public representation goes back generations, and certainly colored the experiences of [email protected], critical and scholarly attention to the phenomenon only came into its own in the present generation.”

The reality is that we need to take more and more strides to recognize the unity of both Blackness and Latinidad within our culture and ourselves. That is why embracing Blackness as part of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage month is important. Not only to affirm the centrality of Blackness within Latinidad but also to affirm the importance of an [email protected] lived experience that informs our collective, as Miriam concludes:

[email protected] also means the distinctive and unique phenomenological experience lived at a personal level by people who are both Black and [email protected] in all aspects of their social life. The way that [email protected] navigate their social identities as they intersect with other [email protected] and with other Blacks is unique to them. [email protected] is at the personal level a unique and distinctive experience and identity because of its range among and between [email protected], Black, and United States American dimensions of lived social reality. In their quest for a full and appropriate sense of social identity [email protected] are thus typically pulled in three directions at once and share a complex, multidimensional optic on contemporary society. Embracing and celebrating all the dimensions of one’s self has not only been possible but has also resulted in significant innovations at the personal and collective level.”

So, this LHM/HHM, we encourage you to expand your understanding of Latinidad and centralize Blackness therein, understanding that AfroLatinidad is an integral and necessary part to the [email protected] identity, without which Latinidad would not be very Latinx at all.

If you want more information on the importance of Blackness within Latinidad, please see our newly redesigned resources page, or if you want a more in-depth workshop on this topic, contact us to book our Understanding AfroLatinidad presentation.

Also, stay tuned for more information on new projects, new endeavors and new collaborations.

Pa’ lante.

www.afrolatinoforum.org

Mt. Nebo Cemetery Burial Surveyed Completed - 245+ Burials
09/11/2021
Mt. Nebo Cemetery Burial Surveyed Completed - 245+ Burials

Mt. Nebo Cemetery Burial Surveyed Completed - 245+ Burials

Some of those buried in the Mount Nebo African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church cemetery in Bowie, Maryland, outside of Washington, DC, were probably once enslaved.

Forty Day Rites of Passage.
09/09/2021

Forty Day Rites of Passage.

Forty Day Rites of Passage.

Descendants Sue Montgomery County to Stop the Human Trafficking of Black Bodies: Laundering of Black Flesh for The For-P...
09/03/2021
Descendants Sue Montgomery County to Stop the Human Trafficking of Black Bodies: Laundering of Black Flesh for The For-Profit Market | Black Agenda Report

Descendants Sue Montgomery County to Stop the Human Trafficking of Black Bodies: Laundering of Black Flesh for The For-Profit Market | Black Agenda Report

Officials in Montgomery County, Maryland have taken gentrification to a grisly conclusion as they work with a private investor to sell the Moses Macedonia African Cemetery, an early 20th century burial ground for African Americans.

08/13/2021

Members of the Woodson Banneker Jackson-Bey UNIA-ACL RC 2020 with the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition at the press conference held before the Montgomery County Circuit Court as the BACC and attorneys announce the suing of the Montgomery County Opportunity Housing Commission as they prepare to complete the sale of the Moses Cemetery to the ChargerVentures developer, a white owned venture capitalist for close to $51 million.

08/11/2021
With #bacc #uniadivision330 at Charger Ventures corporate headquarters on Duvall Road,  Bethesda, MD. Protest to stop th...
08/09/2021

With #bacc #uniadivision330 at Charger Ventures corporate headquarters on Duvall Road, Bethesda, MD. Protest to stop the sale of the Moses Macedonian African Cemetery of Bethesda. The cemetery has already been desecrated by developers and portion up for sale is a paved parking lot with underlying African human remains. #blacklivesmatter #blackhistorymatters📚 #africanamericancemeteries #africanburialground

With #bacc #uniadivision330 at Charger Ventures corporate headquarters on Duvall Road, Bethesda, MD. Protest to stop the sale of the Moses Macedonian African Cemetery of Bethesda. The cemetery has already been desecrated by developers and portion up for sale is a paved parking lot with underlying African human remains. #blacklivesmatter #blackhistorymatters📚 #africanamericancemeteries #africanburialground

08/06/2021
08/04/2021
With protestors of police killings at Montgomery County police headquarters. #kwameocran #bacc #uniadivision330 #ryanler...
07/31/2021

With protestors of police killings at Montgomery County police headquarters. #kwameocran #bacc #uniadivision330 #ryanleroux

With protestors of police killings at Montgomery County police headquarters. #kwameocran #bacc #uniadivision330 #ryanleroux

07/31/2021

With #BACC and family, friends in solidarity protesting police misconduct in the killings of Kwamena Ocran and Ryan LeRoux by Montgomery County MD and Gaithersburg police. Protest March in Gaithersburg from Gaithersburg municipal office to the Gaithersburg police station.

With #BACC members outside the corporate office of ChargerVentures of Bethesda, MD Protesting the current sale of the Be...
07/27/2021

With #BACC members outside the corporate office of ChargerVentures of Bethesda, MD Protesting the current sale of the Bethesda Moses Cemetery by the #Montgomerycounty Housing Opportunities Commission to venture capitalist ChargerVentures. #BACC #savemosescemetery #uniadivision330 #africanamericanhistory #africanamericancemetery #africanamericancemeteries #cemeterydesecration #uniaacldivision330 #uniaaclrc2020 #bethesdamd

With #BACC members outside the corporate office of ChargerVentures of Bethesda, MD Protesting the current sale of the Bethesda Moses Cemetery by the #Montgomerycounty Housing Opportunities Commission to venture capitalist ChargerVentures. #BACC #savemosescemetery #uniadivision330 #africanamericanhistory #africanamericancemetery #africanamericancemeteries #cemeterydesecration #uniaacldivision330 #uniaaclrc2020 #bethesdamd

07/23/2021
Freedom Friday Forum

Africans of Cuba - The Revolution, and Relations with Continental Africa with Dr. Gerald Horne, Bambose Shango, Esther Iverem, James Early, Obi Egbuna.

Streaming on www. Facebook.com/uniadivision330/
07/23/2021

Streaming on www. Facebook.com/uniadivision330/

Streaming on www. Facebook.com/uniadivision330/

At the site of the historic ancestral Moses cemetery in Bethesda where developers have desecrated the ground and deeply ...
07/14/2021

At the site of the historic ancestral Moses cemetery in Bethesda where developers have desecrated the ground and deeply excavated with intent on building a public storage facility. We, #BACC and #uniadivision330 are demonstrating today starting at 5PM. Stop the desecration of Moses Bethesda Cemetery! Stop the sale of other sections of Moses Bethesda Cemetery!

At the site of the historic ancestral Moses cemetery in Bethesda where developers have desecrated the ground and deeply excavated with intent on building a public storage facility. We, #BACC and #uniadivision330 are demonstrating today starting at 5PM. Stop the desecration of Moses Bethesda Cemetery! Stop the sale of other sections of Moses Bethesda Cemetery!

07/09/2021
Baba Mosi Matsimela, president of Woodson Banneker Jackson-Bey Division 330 UNIA-ACL RC 2020, in Rockville, MD with #BAC...
07/09/2021
Hecklers target Marc Elrich during press conference announcing 'deeply affordable housing'

Baba Mosi Matsimela, president of Woodson Banneker Jackson-Bey Division 330 UNIA-ACL RC 2020, in Rockville, MD with #BACC protesting the dereliction of duty by Montgomery County, MD Executive Marc Elrich through his ignoring the pleas of the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition to save the Bethesda Moses African Cemetery from further desecration by developers and donate the land for a monument to dignify the existence of Africans in the building of Montgomery County during the enslavement and post enslavement period of the history of Montgomery County. The #uniadivision330 supports the effort to bring justice for our African ancestors and will continue to protest and will not rest until justice is accomplished.

Hecklers interrupted Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) and other speakers during a press conference Thursday where officials announced a plan to increase affordable housing in the jurisdiction of 1. 1 million residents. Elrich was excited to share that Montgomery County had decided to tran...

Photos from Free West Papua Campaign's post
07/07/2021

Photos from Free West Papua Campaign's post

07/05/2021
07/05/2021
07/01/2021

The Moses Bethesda African Cemetery. New developers installation of water extraction pvc piping at the Moses Bethesda African Cemetery around the burial site where unlawful extraction of water showing algae and sediments are pumped into a nearby creek and the sewage system through open manholes. Where is the Mo Co government inspectors? What is the MC Supervisor #marcelrich doing about this?

07/01/2021

With #uniadivision330 and # BACC members and supporters at the Moses Bethesda African Cemetery site protesting the excavation and desecration of the cemetery where enslaved and post slavery Africans in Bethesda, MD were in their final resting place. Except, it is no longer the final resting place of many whose remains were disrespectfully excavated and unceremoniously dumped by developers in a landfill like trash. Weekly Wednesday protests will continue until justice is served. This is the scene of a crime.

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The mission of Division #330 is based on the Preamble of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League which states “A social, friendly,humanitarian, charitable, educational, institutional, constructive and expansive society, and is founded by persons desiring to the utmost to work for the general uplift of the Negro peoples of the world. And the members pledge themselves to do all in their power to conserve the rights of their noble race and to respect the rights of all mankind, believing always in the Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God. The motto of the organization is " One God! One Aim! One Destiny!" Therefore let justice be done to all mankind, realizing that if the strong oppresses the weak, confusion and discontent will ever mark the path of man but with love, faith, and charity towards all the reign of peace and plenty will be heralded into the world and the generations of men shall be called Blessed.”

The Woodson Banneker Jackson-Bey Division #330 has taken the step to recognize the UNIA-ACL REHABILITATING COMMITTEE 2020 as the Parent Body of the Division so as to join with those seeking to regain the respectability of the Pan-African world after almost four years of near alienation caused by the inability of the Michael Duncan administration to communicate, whether by accident or design, with progressive African diaspora organizations working towards a United Africa and to maintain positive relations with several UNIA-ACL Divisions chartered prior to year 2016. Division #330 works to unite socially, economically, culturally and politically with other African descendant organizations throughout the UNIA-ACL District #3 (Washington, DC; Maryland; Virginia). ONE GOD, ONE AIM, ONE DESTINY.

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