The African Diaspora Council, Inc. “VOICE OF AFRICA AND AFRICAN DIASPORA” defines Diaspora as communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa, predominantly to the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, and other regions around the globe. The African Union Council (AUC) has designated the African Diaspora the “sixth region” of the Continent of Africa.
Defining the African Diaspora
The modern African Diaspora consists of millions of peoples of African descent living in various societies who are united by a past based significantly but not exclusively upon ‘racial’ oppression and the struggles against it; who, despite the cultural variations, political and other divisions among them share an emotional bond with one another and with their ancestral continent. People who; regardless of their location face broadly similar problems in constructing and realizing themselves.
The construction of a Diaspora is an organic process involving movement from an ancestral land, settlement in new lands and sometimes re-settlement elsewhere. ADC Inc. seeks to answer some provocative questions that will illuminate the process at work among the peoples of African descent, who are still venturing to construct themselves and command their destiny. Regardless of their location, members of the Diaspora share an emotional attachment to their ancestral land and are cognizant of their dispersal and if conditions warrant of their oppression and alienation in the countries in which they reside.
They also tend to possess a sense of ‘’racial, ethnic, or religious identity that transcends geographical boundaries to share broad cultural similarities and sometimes articulate a desire to return to their homeland. .
African Diaspora Council Inc. continues at the forefront of the community, helping to shape a better future of tomorrow today in the U S as well as in the World.
The definition used here of "African community" is largely cultural and does not describe a single monolithic group. On the contrary, for us, African means any person living in the United States or in the world with an African heritage or anyone with a vision to help promote development in Africa or any deprived area.