A Call Issued by the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) in Honor of and in Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and Kwame Ture
April 4, 2011
Kwame Ture, formerly known as Stokely Carmichael, was extremely busy, excited and happy in Africa, during the last week, days, hours and seconds of his life, November 8 to 15, 1998. Among his many political activities, he was anxiously and methodically preparing for the arrival in Conakry, Guinea of a Libyan hospital plane that would take him, members of his family, and a small cadre of All-African People’s Revolutionary Party organizers to Tripoli, Libya. This invitation was extended by Muammar Al Qathafi and the People of the Libyan Jamahiriya. Kwame was also awarded the Qathafi International Human Rights Prize. See the picture below.
The Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere, thanks to Kwame’s and Wabun-Inini’s work, were awarded the Qathafi International Human Rights Prize in 1991. WaBun-Inini, also known as Vernon Bellecourt, is the late and former national spokesperson of the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council. Click here, to see AIM’s Statement on the War in Libya.
This flight was to be Kwame’s Last Freedom Ride, a revolutionary act to break, once and for all, the immoral and illegal United States government’s travel bans, sanctions, embargoes and blockades against the Peoples and Governments of Côte d’Ivoire, since 1986; the Democratic Republic of the Congo, since 1998; Cuba, since 1962; Iran, since 1979; Korea (North), since 1950; Libya, since 1981; Somalia, since 1990; Sudan, since 2002 and Syria, since 1986.
Kwame, his family, and the core organizers of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party who remained at his bedside, knew that he would die in route or shortly upon his arrival in Tripoli. Kwame, consistent with how he lived his life, was determined to die in Africa, in revolutionary struggle and service, sacrifice and suffering. The members of his family, including his mother Mabel Carmichael, and the cadre of the A-APRP who enabled and empowered Kwame to make this Last Freedom Ride, were prepared to die with him. Reverend Jesse Jackson visited Kwame at the hospital in Conakry. Kwame ordered us to inform Jesse about this Last Freedom Ride. Jesse’s response was diplomatic, but non-committal in joining Kwame in this Africa-changing and World-changing Project. He said, “That is what a good conscientious objector should do!” Thirteen years later, we agree with Jesse, this is what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would do, if he were alive today.
Detailed plans were discussed and agreed to by Kwame, his family, and the small number of faithful A-APRP cadre who would accompany him. There were serious political and logistical questions that had to be answered, which included, but were not limited to: (1) what to do if the military government of Guinea refused permission for the plane to land in or for Kwame to leave Guinea; (2) what to do if the plane was shot down by U.S., imperialism in route to Tripoli; (3) how to organize a militant and mass, Libyan-government sponsored Funeral Symposium in his honor in Tripoli; (4) when and how Kwame’s body would return to Conakry, his eternal resting place; and (5) what to do if the Libyan government would not allow him to leave or the government of Guinea would not let him return. The names of organizations and individuals from every corner of Africa, the African Diaspora and the World, were identified and would have been invited, especially Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and the Rainbow Coalition, to attend Kwame’s Funeral Symposium in Tripoli, and thereby make their contribution to Kwame’s Last Freedom Ride!
True to his revolutionary, Pan-Africanist principles and fighting for Africa on his death-bed, Kwame Ture authored his last political statement, Hell Yes, We are going to Libya! This Statement was distributed strategically and in advance, worldwide, and embargoed for release until after Kwame boarded that Libyan hospital plane in Conakry. Tragically, the plane never left Tripoli. This Statement, Hell Yes, We are going to Libya! was released posthumously, on November 15, 1998, within minutes of Kwame’s transition, and is republished today worldwide! The “beat goes on,” and the African Revolution continues and intensifies!
Kwame Ture was born on June 29, 1941, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. He made his transition to the ancestors, on November 15, 1998, in Conakry, Guinea. He would be 70 years young this year, and his revolutionary voice and Pan-Africanist vision is still reverberating in every corner of Africa, the African Diaspora and the World. It reverberates despite the unrelenting, massive and word-wide conspiracy to silence, co-opt, contain and crush Kwame’s voice and vision, and his legacy of revolutionary struggle and sacrifice, service and suffering. Plans are being made to hold a gala and V.I.P. 70th Birthday Party in Washington, DC in Kwame’s honor on Saturday, June 25, 2011. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, 13 years after Kwame’s transition, the United States government, which is the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today,” and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an instrument of U.S. imperialism, are interfering in Africa’s internal affairs once again. They are bombing Tripoli and the Muammar Al Qathafi compound and house once again. Africa, from Cote d’Ivoire to Congo to Zimbabwe to Somalia to Egypt to Tunisia in our Motherland, and from Cuba to Haiti to Venezuela and throughout the African Diaspora, is under merciless attack once again, as it has been for more than 3 millennia, by a new generation of international invaders, slave masters, murderers, rapists, thieves, thugs and gangsters.
Africa is our Mother! Libya is one of our Mother’s children. Muammar al Qathafi is an African! We will defend the Dignity and Integrity of Mother Africa, our Mother’s children, our sisters and brothers, comrades and friends until death.
The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) is the inheritor and continuator of the revolutionary theory and practice of Kwame Nkrumah, the late and beloved first president of Ghana; Ahmed Sekou Toure, the late and beloved first president of Guinea; and Kwame Ture. Equally as important, our organizers continue and intensify our almost five decades of struggle, service and sacrifice as well.
The A-APRP (GC) issues an open call to all progressive justice and peace-seeking Humanity in every corner of the United States and the World, especially students, youth and women, to travel with us to Tripoli immediately, or to meet us there. Our Delegation, which will include a wide and diverse spectrum of organizations, movements and peoples, will openly and uncompromisingly declare in the name of African and World Humanity, the second we land on African (Libyan) soil, that the United States, NATO, and European Union travel bans, sanctions, embargoes and blockades against Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba, Iran, Korea (North), Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria are finished now, immediately, and forever. We will demand that these international gangsters, who commit Crimes against Humanity every day with impunity, and their African puppet Barack Obama, keep their bloody hands off Africa (Libya)!
We ask all of progressive humanity to help us build and to join the Kwame Ture Freedom Ride to Africa (Libya). We remind all, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was clear in his speech against the United States government’s racist, immoral and illegal war against the People and Government of Vietnam, that “[t]he ultimate measure of a [woman or] man is not where [they] stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where [they] stand at times of challenge and controversy.” Dr. King also said, “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”
See you at African Liberation Day on May 21, 2011, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at Malcolm X Park, 16th and Euclid Street NW, Washington, DC.
All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)
Go to http://voiceofdetroit.net/?page_id=2367 (International Page) for two articles with in-depth analyses of US-UN-NATO war on Libya.