On 27–28 April 2019, members of the ARIDDSE convening council and one visiting researcher met at the institute headquarters in Midway, Georgia for an intensive two-day research retreat, including both archival and field work.
We also discussed the status of Dr. Modibo Kadalie’s forthcoming publications, which now include two books, Pan-African Social Ecology: Speeches, Conversations, and Essays and Intimate Direct Democracy: Fort Mose, the Great Dismal Swamp, and the Human Quest for Freedom. The books will be published through our ongoing collaboration with On Our Own Authority!, the radical independent publishing house in Atlanta and will be released in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
We scoured our archive of materials for photographs related to Dr. Kadalie’s involvement in the African Liberation Support Committee and Sixth Pan-African Congress. We found nearly a dozen photos that will be included in Pan-African Social Ecology.
We also continued our fieldwork in Harris Neck, speaking with a representative of the Harris Neck Land Trust about their movement to reestablish the Harris Neck community and watched a film, The Language You Cry In (1998), which documents the incredible story of how Harris Neck elder Mary Moran was reconnected with the her ancestors’ indigenous community in Sierra Leone through an old Mende song shared by her grandmother.
It was a productive weekend and we are looking forward to sharing the results of our work!