23-25 March 2018
New Orleans, LA
2017 has proved a watershed moment in the years-long movement by activist groups organizing radical challenges to the systems of colonial, racial, and economic oppression operating in their communities by strategically identifying the institutional and symbolic forms those systems take. Coalitions in the US South have fought the hegemony of the Confederate flag; South African students have toppled
Cecil Rhodes; and Trinidadians push to remove Christopher Columbus from their public squares. Across the United States and indeed the world grassroots efforts have emerged to identify the myriad concrete forms these systems take in their cities, schools, and workplaces—as symbols, as institutions, as legal doctrine.
In March 2018, the Take 'Em Down Global Summit in New Orleans, LA will bring together a wide collection of leaders to support collaborative discussion, strategy and empowerment and
bring together leaders in shared struggles. All activists, organizers, faith and community leaders, and scholars committed to decolonizing the symbols that represent, and the systems that
govern, our communities are invited to attend, participate, and contribute.
The three-day conference will host activists and thinkers from parallel movements all over for sharing of experience and collaboration in strategy in keynote presentations, panel session,
workshops, guided tours, and a collective action. Join Take ‘Em Down NOLA and the Southern University Center for African & African-American Studies for this exciting meeting.
The conference will be hosted at Southern University at New Orleans.
Featured speakers will include:
Malcolm Suber, long-time revolutionary organizer as part of Take ‘Em Down NOLA and other in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Take ‘Em Down NOLA, founded in 2015, is a movement committed to the removal of all symbols of white supremacy in New Orleans as a part of a broader push for racial and economic justice.
Center for African & African-American Studies (CAAAS) of Southern University at New Orleans was formally established in 1989. As part of Southern University at New Orleans continuing and growing commitment to international and cultural studies, the Center seeks to provide innovative African and African American Studies programs in teaching, research, and public service.