Dr. Leonard Jeffries, President of the World African Diaspora Union (WADU) will make the State of the Pan African World Message in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 19, 2013. The President will be in Ethiopia for the first WADU Ambassador Dudley Thompson Pan African Mission and Memorial Tribute to promote the push for a union government of Africa. A powerful federated Africa was the central work of the greatest of our ancestral leaders, such as those like the Honorable Marcus Garvey, Emperor Haile Selassie, Dr. John H. Clarke and President Kwame Nkrumah, for the security and economic advancement of all Africans.
The WADU President’s message to the African world in Africa’s capitol on the birthday of WADU late President and the “Legendary” Pan Africanist Ambassador Dudley Thompson is to continue the Pan African movement agenda to unify the African world forward for a united states of Africa. The WADU mission to Ethiopia will also coincide with the African Union (AU) Summit January 21-28, 2013 with the theme of “Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance.” The annual summit of African leaders is to decide on major issues affecting Africa and African people across the world.
WADU specific objectives during the Summit are to encourage the AU to promote issues such as African Diaspora citizenship, Diaspora representation in the AU, economic partnerships, reparations, repatriation, African education, and for Africa to develop its own security measures to protect Africa and all Africans from the major and ongoing threats against African people, after centuries of enslavement and colonialism.
Before becoming the President of WADU, Dr. Jeffries served with key leaders of the Pan African Movement. His inspiration to serve as a WADU leader is especially driven by his decades of work with the late Dr. John Henrik Clarke, who called for an ‘African world community’. Dr. Jeffries Presidency comes after serving as the vice president of WADU under Baba Dudley since 2007. More importantly, he has been serving at the cutting-edge as a peoples’ scholar-activist on African history, culture and heritage.
In 2007, Dr. Dudley Thompson met with other great Pan Africanists in Jamaica to establish WADU. Called the “Living Legend” and an “Eminent” leader by African leaders over the years, Dr. Dudley is a Panamanian born Jamaican leader who played a critical role in the liberation of both the African Diaspora and Africa, including pushing strongly for the full rights of Zimbabwe, Angola, Kenya, Tanzania, Cuba and South Africa. Ambassador Thompson was also a champion of the reparations movement and worked with the late President-elect MK Abiola of Nigeria leading to the Abuja Declaration. Baba Dudley Thompson’s instruction to WADU leaders was to ensure that WADU establish itself with Pan Africanists worthy of representing the African Diaspora, as the sixth region of Africa.
Some other key leaders planned to be in Ethiopia with Dr. Leonard Jeffries to represent the African Diaspora are those such as Dr. Julius Garvey, Nana Yaa Farika Berhane, Dr. Molefi Asante, Minister Akbar Muhammad, Dr. Norma Jackson, and Minister Ari Merretazon. African Union representatives and other Pan African leaders will join WADU for the memorial tribute and the AU Summit in Ethiopia from various parts of the world. The leaders will also help to set a unified agenda for the OAU 50th anniversary and action plan in May 2013.
WADU is one of the foremost Pan African Diaspora organizations with a coalition of leaders and an umbrella of organizations representing the global African Diaspora. The African Diaspora participation is consistent with the African Union constitutive act declaring that it shall “invite and encourage the full participation of the African Diaspora as an important part of our continent, in the building of the African Union.” Consequently, WADU has incorporated some of the most influential leaders of the African Diaspora in readiness and are advancing with Pan Africanism for a peaceful, prosperous and powerful African people in the 21st century.
WADU is urging every African to support or participate in unifying and empowering all Africans in the world. For more information on WADU or our mission to Ethiopia, please contact Baba John Watusi Branch at our WADU 6th region main office at 718-523-3312 or our website at WADUPAM.ORG.