African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. Mar 29th, 2010. 5:30 p.m.
In apartheid South Africa, author Michael Gaffley was “politically disabled” because of his skin color. He was too white to be black and too black to be white. Dr. Gaffley is now a certified child and youth care practitioner and he is a board member of the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice, Inc. On Monday, March 29th, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dr. Gaffley will speak on his book, Flatline to Change: Identity, Reality, Conflict, Engagement at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale.
When Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States, he made history by being the first African-American to be elected to the office. It was a transformative event signifying new race relations in America. Still, racial discrimination cannot be completely quelled.
Author Gaffley recalls the past as he gives insight to the history of racism. The author writes from his perspective as a member of an oppressed group; he was born and raised during the apartheid era in South Africa. He shares the frustrations and joys of being politically disabled because of his skin color. He visits the plight of the colored people and their political disability and marginalization. He reflects on the workplace and on reclaiming our youth and our neighborhoods. He educates, he informs, he agitates.
The author is a former executive director of state and non-government agencies in South Africa where for more than 20 years he was a driving force in many collaborative community-based partnerships. Gaffley worked with the Nelson Mandela government to implement social, political, and economic change.
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
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