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Forum presents ‘Amos Fortune: Beyond Abolition to Ubuntu’


Sindiso Mnisi Weeks and Dan Weeks will be speaking on “Amos Fortune: Beyond Abolition to Ubuntu” at the Amos Fortune Forum Friday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Meetinghouse in Jaffrey Center.

SindisoMnisi Weeks, a first-generation American of African origin, and Dan Weeks, a 12th-generation descendant of settler colonizers, discuss the complicated legacy of African enslavement, subjugation and striving in New Hampshire, in order to uncover what Sindiso has described as the “hidden pasts, forgotten futures and rejected ways of being, seeing, and knowing” that is referred to by the shorthand of “ubuntu.”

Drawing on Indigenous social and political thought, as well as the lived experience of Granite Staters of African descent, from Amos Fortune to their own three children, they will explore how people of all backgrounds can help move society beyond color-blindness or even abolition to ubuntu, a robust understanding that humanity is inextricably entwined.

SindisoMnisi Weeks is associate professor of law and society in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the School of Public Law at the University of Cape Town. Her scholarly activism has combined research, advocacy and policy work on women, property, governance, dispute management and participation […]

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