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Clockwise: Honorees Wangechi Mutu, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Gerald Lenoir and BAJI executive director and Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi. Photos courtesy of BAJI.

Black Alliance For Just Immigration Celebrates 10 Years Of Advocating For Immigration Rights

BAJI commemorates 10 years of just immigration work for black migrants this Saturday.

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is hosting the 10-year celebration of their continued fight for immigration justice this Saturday. Black Lives Matter co-founder and BAJI executive director, Opal Tometi, will be joined by host Gina Belafonte to recognize five honorees for their transformative work.


For Tometi, the following leaders support BAJI's mission through their continued work to make sure Black Americans are provided the ability to flourish through safe passage:

Wangechi Mutu: Kenyan artist and founder of Africa's Out

Gerald Lenoir: BAJI founding director and founding steering committee member of the Black Immigration Network

Congresswoman Karen Bass: Represents California's 37th congressional district and serves on the House Judiciary Committee and House Committee of Foreign Affairs

Gerry Hudson: Executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union

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“BAJI is the only organization in the country ensuring Black immigrants have a fair and just experience here in the U.S.," Tometi says in a statement. “We have provided tens of thousands of immigrants important training and resources through our Black Immigration Network (BIN) program."

BAJI, founded in 2006, hopes this event will raise the resources needed to grow the organization's national operations. It will take place on Saturday, April 9, at the California African American Museum. For more information, head here.

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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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