From CIVIL RIGHTS
to HUMAN RIGHTS
and SELF-DETERMINATION?
PANEL ONE:  
CIVIL RIGHTS:  
NECESSARY BUT NOT SUFFICIENT?
Are there any institutional or constitutional options for oppressed peoples other than
assimilation or secession? What is internal self-determination? What is the difference
between affirmative action and internal self-determination? What are some possible forms
of internal self-determination exercised by other internal nations elsewhere, or even here
in the U.S.? What can we learn from the successful practices of other states for ensuring
minority cultural protection and equal-status development? Do the peoples exercising
internal self-determination have to be territorially based, or are there non-territorial forms
of self-determination?

Prof. Vernellia Randall

Dr. Tyson King-Meadows

Cynthia McKinney

Judge Leonard Murray

Henry English

John Boyd, Jr.

Chokwe Lumumba

Prof. Farid I. Muhammad

Kamm Howard

Standish Willis

Queen Quet
   
Did the civil rights struggle reach its peak with the election of a Black President? Are
civil rights sufficient to ensure African Americans equality in social well being indicators
such as health, employment, income, education, home ownership, etc? What are African
Americans international human rights under the Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)? Has US policy fulfilled these rights and
obligations? What is the current status of special measures (affirmative action) in the US,
as required by CERD and other relevant international human rights instruments?
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PANEL TWO:  
INTERNAL SELF-DETERMINATION
FOR HISTORICALLY OPPRESSED PEOPLE
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Are African Americans a people? Do they want a collective future or do
they want to assimilate? Should African Americans conduct a national
plebiscite to help identify/implement their collective aspirations?
Should they establish a Constituent Assembly to speak for them and
operate in collaboration with other levels of US government? Would
some governmental institutions or jurisdictions that directly impact
African American communities be more effective if under African
American control? Should they seek a share of their own federal/state
tax dollars on a regular basis? Might such ideas, if constitutionally
empowered, be viewed as the logical goals of a comprehensive
reparations movement?
PANEL FOUR  
USING THE UN TO ADVANCE
AFRICAN AMERICAN INTERESTS
Why should African Americans bother with the United Nations? What does international
personality mean, what are its advantages, and do African Americans have it? What means
do African Americans have of participating in international diplomacy at the UN?  At other
intergovernmental bodies? What are the various UN bodies through which the grievances
and complaints of African Americans might be registered and addressed? What is Human
Rights Monitoring, and how can violations be addressed on the international level?
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PANEL THREE  
COLLECTIVE EMPOWERMENT
INSTITUTIONS, JURISDICTIONS

Seeking a vision for our future

Prof. Daniel Turp

Ava Muhammad

Prof. Carla D. Pratt

Mary A. Mitchell