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Kalamu ya Salaam interview, Part 3
Salaam, Kalamu ya
Rogers, Kim Lacy
Kalamu ya Salaam continues his interview by discussing his present work, including the founding of Ahidiana, an organization he helped to establish to challenge racism, sexism, and capitalism, what he describes as the "three pillars of American power." He describes how Ahidiana was established to be independent of external funding and was organized around common goals and values rather than the personalities of individual members. He continues to discuss coalition building and Ahidiana: "We have to organize ourselves first before we can organize others." Kalamu ya Salaam explains how the Black Nationalist and pre-Black Arts component of the Civil rights Movement influenced his later work, and notes friendships with personalities such as Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez. He overviews his present involvement with New Orleans politics and negotiations for improved media for African Americans through Media Watch.
Amistad Research Center
Box 8, Item 25, Side 1, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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