Messiah Brown

Tiffany Challenger

Victoria Gomez Small

Ann Nicole Frimpong

Katrice Shepard

Amanda Sowah





Black Women for Black Girls

Ìrìnkèrindò: a Journal of African Migration

Worldwide Association of Small Churches





Mrs. Nzinga Adimu

Ms. Soumaila Adigun

Mr. Ngozichukwuka Agwu

Mr. Tandia Bakary

Ms. Marion Bruno-Gaston

Ms. Vivian S. Campbell

Ms. Deadria Farmer-Paellmann

Mr. Papa Mboup

Ms. Kathleen Offenholley

Ms. Joy Okere

Ms. Lenore Robinson

Ms. Nelly Rosario

Mr. Alfred Santana

Mr. Temitope Sonuyi

Ms. Mikala Streeter

Mr. Patrick Willis

Mr. Emerson Yearwood

The Marilyn Nance Archive


Additional thanks to:

Erica Naughton

Michelle Sajous

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Statement to the media by the United Nations’ Working Group of 

Experts on People of African Descent, on the conclusion of its

official visit to USA, 19-29 January 2016

On January 26, The Drammeh Institute joined many others in presenting testimony before the United
Nations Working Group of Experts for People of African Descent during their fact-finding mission on
human rights conditions for African Americans. Link to panel's preliminary findings 

The Fabric of Complicity Featuring The Color of Money

Kahlil Almustafa performs "Cotton" in 2003.


2 Day Parallel Photographic Exhibit

Don't miss the parallel 2 day PHOTO EXHIBITION honoring selected

works by celebrated photojournalist MICHEL DU CILLE in Liberia on

assignment for the Washington Post.

SATURDAY and SUNDAY JUNE 27-28, 2015

Exhibit Hours: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM


140 De Kruif Place, Bronx, NY

GRIOTS' GATE 2015: WHEN DIGNITY PREVAILS is a program of The Drammeh Institute and is an activity

of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. Supported by Iron Lady

Enterprise and sponsored in part by private funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

in partnership with City Council.


BIRTHING THE DECADE was a remarkable forum that drew from the experience and knowledge of women of African Descent from within the continent and its Diaspora. It spoke to the transformations needed to take place as we move forward into the International Decade for People of African Descent.


Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Founder and President of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), established in 1976, she is also co-founder of the Global Afro-Latino and Caribbean Initiative (GALCI). Dr. Vega is a professor at El Centro de Estudios Avanzados Puertorriquenos de Puerto Rico y El Caribe in San Juan, Puerto Rico and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Department of Arts and Public Policy. A recognized pioneer and visionary, she is a documentary filmmaker and writer of several books including, The Altar of My Soul (One World/Ballantine, 2001). (More)

The African Girl Child: Empowering her for a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Related Fields.

Dr. Nkechi Madonna Agwu is a Nigerian Professor of Mathematics and former Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching Learning and Scholarship at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. She is a Past President of the American Association of University Women, NYC Branch and a Faculty for the 21st Century of Project Kaleidoscope of American Association of Colleges and Universities. More

Women and Ebola: A Critical Link:

Dr. Mardia Stone is a Liberian international Public Health and Medical professional, Senior Advisor to the Chester M Pierce MD, Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She also serves as Senior Advisor to the Incident Manager of Liberia's National Ebola Response.  An obstetrician gynecologist, she is committed in quality, equitable health care for women globally. 

la situation de la  Femme noire d'Afrique 20 ans Beijing Beijing+20

The Status of black African Women

(Translation by Colette Pean)

The Hon. Eve. Bazaiba Masudi is the MP and President of the Socio-Cultural Commission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is a Trainer, Educator and Consultant in human rights, negotiations  and the pacific resolution of conflicts.  A Member of Parliament, she is the General Secretary of the MLC (Mouvement de Libération du Congo – the Movement for the Liberation of the Congo,) and President of the Congolese Women’s Election League (LIFCE). (More)

For Equity and Visibility: Afro-descendant Women Leaders Building and Strengthening a Movement

Yvette Modestin, born and raised in Colon, Panama is a writer, poet and activist who is the Diaspora Coordinator of the Red de Mujeres  Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y de la Diaspora a national and international network of Afro- descendent women. She is Founder/Executive Director of Encuentro Diaspora Afro in Boston, MA and is a member of the IBW Board- Institute of the Black World. An Ifa practitioner, Ms Modestin recently authored, Women Warriors of the Afro Latina Diaspora. (More)

The Divine Feminine: Conjuring Reparations and Spatial Justice

Manbo Dòwòti Désir is a Manbo Asogwe (High Priest) in Haitian Vodou and the Founder and President of the international human rights coalition, the DDPA Watch Group & Associates, Inc. She is the Co-Chair of the UN Subcommittee for the Elimination of Racism of the NGO Committee on Human Rights, and the Co-Chair of The Ubuntu Council (a MIAT of the US Human Rights Network).  Manbo Désir is a Producer of AfrobeatRadio, WBAI 99.5 FM in the United States and author of, Goud kase goud: Conjuring Memory in Spaces of the AfroAtlantic. (More)

The International Decade for People of African Descent

Viola Plummer, chair of the December 12th International Secretariat, has been an activist for over fifty years. From her time as Youth Chairperson of the NAACP - NY Chapter, through her involvement with the African Liberation Support Committee, Mobilization Committee Against Police Brutality, and numerous coalitions, her dedication to the liberation of Black people has been steadfast. Ms. Plummer is a teacher by training, and she has changed the lives of many people through her organizing - in unions, in community based organizations, and as part of the Pan African movement linking struggles domestically to those on the African continent for revolution.

The International Decade for People of African Descent Programme of Activities

with The Post Beijing + 20 & Post-2015 Development Agenda

Dr. Barryl Biekman an activist for almost 47 years in the Pan African and Women’s Movement. She is founder of the African European Women’s Movement ‘Sophiedela’. She lobbied to declare the trans-Atlantic Slave trade, slavery and Colonialism as crimes against humanity. She was among a group of civil society activists that lobbied for the creation of the “Decade for People of African descents 2015-2024”, She is committed to the implementation of the DDPA and fight against Afrofobia. (virtual contributor) (More)

Contribution Statement by 
Dr. Barryl A. Biekman (Europe/Netherlands)
(Tiye International & African European Women's Movement "Sophiedela")
International Association Against Torture
African European Women's Movement

Call For Papers
The 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Forum
Saturday, 14 March 2015, New York City

Abstracts and/or full papers from women of African descent are invited for consideration for the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women's (CSW) parallel forum, Global African Women Birthing the Decade for Poepe of African Descent. (read more)


On December 10, 2014, the General Assembly officially announced the launch of the International Decade for People of African, set to begin January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2024 with the theme Recognition, Justice and Development.


View presentation of Dr. Barryl Biekman of the Netherlands reading her statement on behalf of Civil Society. She closed with a standing ovation.


Special thanks to Fanta Kaba from the MIR France for her translation of the statement from English to French.


View speech

(12 minutes)



Performed at the Drammeh Institute's forum, The African Response to Ebola: Facing Facts and Fears.

Listen and reflect...

A very special thanks to our partners, presenters, sponsors and volunteers.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: African American Association of Co-op CIty


Iron Lady Enterprises

Savoir-Faire Global Consulting



Milton ALLIMADI - Publisher and Editor-in chief, Black Star News



The Ground Breakers - We Don’t Wanna Die     

A collective of legendary pioneer hip-hop/rap artists perform Featuring Rodney C! Stone, Executive Director, Cut King and MC Happy


Felix SARPONG, Victory Entertainment International

Management of Ground Breakers


Marie Antoinette BERNARD, MD, MPH                     

Medical Liaison, HIV Epidemiology and Field Services Program New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control

Gotham Center


The Impact and Consequence of the Stigmatization of  

The African Community with the Ebola Virus


Community Activist

Social Committee Chair, African Advisory Council Bronx Borough President Office


Impact of Ebola on Guinean Families: Inside and Outside of the Country

Cherno SOW

Pottal Fii Bhantal (United for Development)


Bullying as a Tool: Impact of Discrimination on Health and Well-being

Tanya M. WHITE-DAVIS, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science Faculty

Department of Family and Social Medicine

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Educating Communities about the Ebola Virus


Founder and President, Flame of Culture


Liberia Report Back


President, Staten Island Liberian Community Association (SILCA)


Mobilization of community based organizations

In the Ebola Initiative and community outreach


President, Sierra Leone Nurses Association NYT


Ebola and the Diaspora's Response to the Crisis

What We Got Right & What We Got Wrong


Co-Founder/President, The Council of Young African Leaders (CYAL)

Savoir-Faire Global Consulting


African & Diaspora Led Resolutions: Self-Reliance and Independence to Solving Our Problems


CEO, Iron Lady Enterprise

Responding to the Ebola Crisis with Medical and Scientific Innovation and Technology.

Eluemuno Richard BLYDEN, Ph.D.

F​ounder and CEO​ of AfriVax, Inc.​


Economic Impact of Fear of Ebola on African Economies

Kofi A. BOATENG, Ph.D.

Executive Director, West Harlem Development Corporation

Geoff Munroe


Hip Hop Pioneers Break Ground by Stepping Up to the Ebola Crisis

BRONX, NEW YORK, November 16, 2014 – A collective of true hip hop pioneers best known for their rhymes and beats that inspired generations of artists, now called The Ground Breakers are set to perform for at a forum to raise awareness about Ebola.

The event titled The African Response to Ebola: Facing Facts and Fears is being hosted by the Drammeh Institute and in partnership with the African American Association of Co-op City.


TEEWAI-Gold Media announces its strategic partnership with The Drammeh Institute, to bring attention to the African child through the creation of an international choir of African migrant youth. (read more)


This week honors the global achievements of activism that have resulted in the upcoming International Decade for People of African Descent.

Join us at the Drammeh Center's Open House with tea, coffee, and conversations about planned activities for the decade. Peruse our exhibit of United Nations documents that have been instrumental in the development of the International Decade for People of African Descent.

Visitors to the Center will have the option to view these documents via computer stations or hard copies. Additionally, key documents may be copied to flash drives (not supplied).

Exhibition hours are from 3PM to 7PM from Monday to Friday. We encourage students, researchers and those interested in history to visit us. No appointment is needed.

Document categories include:


  • World Conference against Racism documents and key follow up documents
  • Regional preparatory conference declarations
  • Government statements
  • Interventions
  • Human rights instruments
  • Regional reports
  • Key documents related to the International Decade for People of African Descent
  • Declaration of the Global African Summit
  • Essays
  • Film and images
  • Quotes
  • Directories

Griots' Gate's 1st Installment at the Drammeh Center
With the opening of the Drammeh Center, the signature program Griots' Gate has been rebranded as an intimate platform to introduce new or soon to be released, films, music and other works by artists to new audiences.

We are pleased to announce the first installment featuring Alanna Lockward's discussion and partial screening of her documentary film Allen Report. The film retraces the Pan Africanist liberation legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in three different locations outside the US, united by common narratives related to struggles against enslavement and apartheid.

This introduction to the full documentary, scheduled for release in 2015, explores the Haitian Revolution as an integral part of the history of the AME. Its founder, Bishop Richard Allen, was a key player in the massive immigration movement that sent 6,000 individuals to the island of Saint-Domingue between 1824-1826, two decades after the first Black Republic in the world came into being.

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Drammeh Center

$5.00 - Seating is limited.

DRAMMEH CENTER Opens in Tribute to Women's History Month in Special Honor of the Life and Work of Nina Simone
On a cool spring night with a mix of light rain, a full house of guests filed into the new Drammeh Center for its first film screening and musical performance by the talented Gladys DeJesus Mitchell.

“We wanted to acknowledge Women’s History Month with the opening of the Center and pay tribute to the late great Nina Simone’s legacy. She was our Griot. Her musical storytelling became social commentary and a vehicle for social change." said Iman Drammeh Nur, the Director of the Institute.



Call for Papers: International forum of African Women on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Saturday, 15 March 2014
New York, New York, United States

Submissions are now being accepted for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women's (CSW) Parallel Forum.

Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 19 January, 2014

The Documentary 'Bridges' to Screen at the REEL Recovery Film Festival
On September 30, The Drammeh Institute will premiere the documentary feature Bridges at the Quad Cinema in New York City. The film is the culmination of a project that assisted men in sharing their stories about addiction and recovery through the moving image.


Visually Speaking Spring Workshop Begins
New York, April, 2013 -- The Drammeh Institute brings its signature filmmaking program to middle school students at The Garvey School, in support of the UN Secretary-General’s initiative on education which aims to raise the political profile of education. The Education First Initiative, as it is called, includes a global community pledge to achieve universal primary education for every child by 2015 in order to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In addition to the students learning creative approaches to framing their digital stories, this year’s highlight will be the advantage of having educational and cultural exchanges through Skype sessions, with peers in a partnering school in Nigeria. Central themes explored for their final film will be the access to global education as it pertains to sustainable futures for a better world.

The Out-of-School Time workshops run from April through May 30, at The Garvey School in the Bronx. The program is supported by New York City Council funding through the Department for Youth and Community Development.

Marcus Miller Nominated as UNESCO Artist for Peace
Performs at the United Nations
Marcus Miller, a two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist, musician, composer, and radio host performed at the March 22 United Nations hosted concert acknowledging the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The event was historically noted as the last concert to be held in the UN General Assembly Hall.

Marcus Miller’s speech addressing his nomination status as UNESCO’s Artist for Peace as well as his closing song Gorée, in the truest sense, crowned the world stage with a celestial moment honoring the global African experience.

Here is Marcus Miller's speech and performance.

Listen and reflect.


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon comments on International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

As part of a week-long series of events reflecting on slavery, which include a concert at the UN General Assembly Hall featuring international artists such as the reggae group Steel Pulse, the Cameroon National Ballet, Somi, Benyoro and Marcus Miller, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon comments:

"This week, we remember the more than 15 million men, women and children victims of the transatlantic slave trade,"…"The rhythms of Africa traveled on ships with their human cargo," …"They were handed down from parents to children. Not only did they survive the slave masters' attempts to destroy identity, heritage and a sense of home -- they defined the music of a culture and ultimately a nation. Without Africa's sons and daughters there would be no jazz, no rock and roll, no hip-hop."

Hear General Assembly Remembers Past and Present Victims of Slavery


57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

United Nations, New York
4 March - 15 March, 2013

The Drammeh Institute will hold a parallel forum to the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. In Her Own Image will address region-specific concerns about violence against women and girls in Nigeria, Guinea, Mauritania, Chad and the United States, and the practical approaches to restorative justice, which include perspectives of those who are working on the front lines of their communities for systemic  change. Partners: PANAFSTRAG, USA and Chadian Community of New Jersey.

Restorative Justice, the African Woman
and the Female Child

Griots’ Gate Film Festival returns to celebrate African cinema with special screenings in The Bronx
    The Griots’ Gate Film Festival, now in its second year will run from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, at the Dreiser Community Center in the Bronx, and screen 7 new shorts and 2 feature length African-produced films. Among the features are: The Return of Spade, a new Nollywood crime drama written and directed by Oliver Mbamara. The plot unfolds with the theft of African artifacts by an international crime syndicate using female couriers to transport them overseas. Special Agent Spade is forced to come out of retirement and interrupt a network of conspiracy before the impending big sale.  

    The second feature, and award-winning documentary, The Witches of Gambaga by Yaba Badoe of Ghana, made over the course of 5 years, explores a community of women condemned to live as witches in Northern Ghana and are united to end abusive practices against women in Africa.


Griots’ Gate will kick off with a special guest performance by the dynamic drumming ensemble of Vozolo System featuring Atito Gohi.


Who should attend?

Students / science fiction enthusiasts / social, cultural, and women activists / reviewers of new films / lovers of the movies / lovers of popcorn!
High School students are invited to enter an essay contest for a chance to win $100. (details)


South Africa Hosts Global African Summit

The African Union hosts the first-ever Global African Diaspora Summit in South Africa from 23-25 May 2012.

A  Fortunate Bridge in the Bronx
Bronx, New York – August 29, 2012 – As the summer draws to a close, a group of inspired men in the Bronx have been quietly developing a documentary film about addiction in a bid to promote a better understanding of the issues that impact not only their lives, but their families and communities.

The production of “Bridges”, is made possible through the Drammeh Institute and is a ground-breaking project that gives a voice to an often ignored or written-off group of men in American society struggling with addiction, and exposes them to a service-learning opportunity they may not experience otherwise, according to Iman Drammeh Nur, director of the Drammeh Institute. “After being invited to hear what these men had in mind, it was naturally important for us to support their effort with [our] resources,” she said. “We hear many stories about recovering from addiction, but less about what transpires on that metaphoric bridge through genuine narratives.”

The documentary establishes a powerful storyline that filmmakers hope will serve as a reference point for parents and social policymakers. It candidly interrogates the idea of what it takes to be a survivor – as seen in the example of, Michael, whose easygoing exterior belies his brutal struggle sleeping on city benches for five years, or John who cannot recall a time when his parent was sober, but now has an unwavering passion to combat intergenerational substance abuse.


Culture as a Site for Contest:

Destroyed Past, Truncated Present, Dubious Future

Brooklyn College, New York, 2 - 3 March, 2012
An evening With Molefi Asante (Temple University): Rejuvenating an African Discourse on Life: Piecing Together the Fabric of Family.

56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

United Nations, New York
27 February - 09 March, 2012

The Drammeh Institute will hold a parallel forum to the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women on Saturday, March 3 under the theme: Women Water and Migration in Africa. Partners include: Tchad Agir Pour l’Environnement, Wateraid-Ghana, The December 12th Movement and Dr. Mojubaolu Okome, Editor of Ìrìnkèrindò A Journal of African Migration. The event will be held at the United Nations Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza.

Major Donation Helps the Drammeh Institute to Continue Acquisitions of Records


October 21, 2011 (Bronx, New York) – Chantal Madio-Nurnberger, a noted antiques dealer and the first African woman collector to own and operate a successful African Art gallery in New York City, has donated three key artifacts from her collection to the Drammeh Institute which will go on display for a silent auction during the Griots’ Gate Film Festival, Saturday, November 12, 2011 in Co-op City, New York.  (MORE)

Documentary Film in Development of the Permanent Memorial at the United Nations to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

In an effort to acknowledge the tragedy of slavery, and the lingering consequences of the centuries-long enslavement of and trade in Africans supplied to the colonies of the Americas and beyond, the General Assembly adopted resolution ARES/62/122 in December2007 entitled Permanent Memorial to a Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.


The Permanent Memorial initiative in a wider context is partial fulfillment of paragraph 101 of the Durban Declaration, adopted as an outcome of the international conference against racism held under the auspices of the United Nations, in Durban South Africa in 2001. The paragraph, inter alia, calls upon the international community to  honor the memory of the victims of slavery.


As this project moves forward, the Drammeh Institute will follow the, progress through the development of a documentary.


Durban 400 the documentary film

UN World Conference against Racism (WCAR), Durban, South Africa, 2001


2011 is the 10 year anniversary of the WCAR and will be revisited in a formal follow-up on September 22 at the United Nations in New York. The film Durban 400 is a project of the Drammeh Institute and Al Santana Productions that follows one group of black activists (of the same name) as they pressure world governments to declare the trans Atlantic (European) slave trade and colonialism as crimes against humanity.


The significance of a final declaration recognizing these crimes against humanity would signal the right to reparations for African people. To purchase the film and background information, go to

For official documents produced from this conference select the following links.
The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action