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About Us

The TTT is registered as an intellectual center which practical outcome would be empowered adults and the young to effectively address issues of race. The initial target population will be people of African descent – both on the African continent and in the African diaspora over the world. The Think Tank aims to engage black people toward realization and greater appreciation of their uniqueness, believed yet to be not fully exploited. Their human endowments are assumed thus far mostly submerged through the interaction with other races – – most notably the white race, but now also by Asian people.

Roles of TATT

The principle role of The Think Tank will be to identify people and institutions that will join in defining and addressing the issues and factors related to the Black man - - now 400 Years from 1619, the time of his degradation into slavery. As a registered entity, TTT will identify key players with whom to engage toward achievement of concrete results, some identified below as “programmes.” TTT will strive to effect coordination as appropriate through key players who will be identified and invited to participate in this challenging effort. As feasible, TTT will assist with mobilization of resources for specific outcomes. These may include funding, personnel, facilities, etc. It will seek to maximize dissemination of information derived from the actions of TTT and its collaborators.

Fundamental Rationale

The Ankrah Foundation (TAF) Board approved the incorporation of an entity, a “Think Tank” (TTT) in its meeting of November, 2018. The parentbody was incorporated in 1997 and opened to the public on January 15, 2000. The rationale and way forward of TTT are set out below. These indicate the purposes to be realized and the approaches to be taken in fulfilling the vision and mission of The Think Tank. Such is expressed in this document as “Fundamentals of the African/African Diaspora Connection.” .

Registration of TATT

The TTT is registered as an intellectual center which practical outcome would be empowered adults and the young to effectively address issues of race. The initial target population will be people of African descent – both on the African continent and in the African diaspora over the world. The Think Tank aims to engage black people toward realization and greater appreciation of their uniqueness, believed yet to be not fully exploited. Their human endowments are assumed thus far mostly submerged through the interaction with other races - - most notably the white race, but now also by Asian people.

SOME UNDERLYING ASSUMPTIONS: BARRIERS OR PATHWAYS TO CHANGE AND PROGRESS

The aim of TTT is to maximize intellectual and practical approaches to produce tangible outcomes for change. These results will be carefully documented. The purpose will be to use data for further planning and the design of sustainable strategies, useful to TTT and other institutions or organizations to address an implicit, yet hitherto, almost ignored question, and challenge, i.e.,

what is the black man’s present reality versus his potential on the world’s stage? Can this potential be realized without the brother – – still on the continent and in the Diaspora? To reach some answers, this search begins with other questions or assumptions about the black woman and man, i.e., is there:  

Acceptance, understanding and agreement that there is a common racial origin, or root, from which “the African,” the black man as a race is derived?

A determination of the extent, or lack of a sense of possessing a common identity and mindset, such that can provide a basis for defining or redefining the way for black people, going forward  – from the Year 1619 to 2019 and beyond;

The existence of, and the aim to (i) remove any real or imagined sense of deprivation, any low self-esteem that dominates the perception of the “Africans” personhood – – an inflicted definition by other races of the black man(a) an inferior being, and (b) this justifying his being rejected; is this the notion held by some blacks, even that other peoples are inherently superior to the black man to themselves;

Motivation to derive a perception among the African/African Diaspora to discover the “common good,” to define and to claim, or to reclaim a common identity;

A belief that commonalities do exist that, if accepted, would maximize and use such capacities that are held in this paper, to be inherent in the character of the black man, capabilities which history reveals, helped to build the US from 1619;

Awesome strength has been shown through time even by virtue of his continued survival, rather than his disappearance or being rendered extinct, i.e., his survival as a distinct, significant racial group – – escaping the demise of reservations and death as did some other peoples in the Americas. “Strength” is characterized here, among several possibilities, as identified spirituality, a tendency toward strong bonds of human relating, consistent physical prowess, and appreciation of God’s creations with a tendency to resist killing one another, or to kill and destroy just so that he, alone, lives and thrives.

The black man, rather, shows a proclivity to believe that all of God’s creation – – whether man, nature or beasts – – should be allowed to live and to live in harmony with one another;

Nevertheless, tribalism among Africans which reduce cohesion among themselves on the continent may block meaningful relating among each other, rendering it difficult to extend a welcome to his brother of the Diaspora.