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  • JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE 524 W 59th St New York, NY 10019 (map)

Session 4 Room 3.304N (North Hall)

Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is a new initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively participate in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. AfroCrowd aims to further the educational goals of the International Decade for People of African Descent by mobilizing, building and training people of African descent to take control of African and Diaspora narratives, and by writing and editing Wikipedia / WikiMedia content related to African narratives. AfroCROWD also seek to provide access to Wikipedia’s multilingual crowdsourcing platform which can help transfer and share free knowledge to populations of African descent all over the world while maintaining online bodies of relevant knowledge in native languages such as Garifuna, Haitian Kreyòl, Igbo, Spanish or Yoruba, etc., thereby contributing to the survival of and increasing proficiency in those languages.


Facilitator: Alice Backer - AfroCROWD. Alice Backer is a social media professional, lawyer and free culture curator. In 2015, she launched Afrocrowd, a multilingual initiative to increase Afrodescendant participation in crowdsourcing initiatives such as Wikipedia. She started out in social media as Francophonia Editor editor at Global Voices Online covering French-speaking blogs of Africa and the Caribbean and a founder of Global Voices Lingua which today translates selected content from blogs the world over in 20 languages. She is the Communications Director and Online Community Manager for La Caye BK, an award-winning hospitality brand serving authentic Haitian food where she curates and promotes the weekly La Caye Musically Thursday which showcases up-and-coming Haitian acoustic acts. She has been aggregating and disseminating Haitian online expression since 2005 at websites & and through social media and a newsletter. is a live feed of blogs by people of Haitian descent from all over the world. She interviews notable Haitians who further the Legacy of 1804 on a weekly live podcast of the same name. She is the recipient of a 2013 Black Celebration Award for her cultural activism. 

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Nana-Ama Kyerematen - Nana-Ama Kyerematen is the Founder and Managing Editor of, a webzine dedicated to showcasing and promoting Literature from Africa and the diaspora. As the founder and curator of the premiere African Literature Festival in the United States, she seeks to provide a platform for aspiring and established great African writers, be them at home in Africa or the diaspora. Born in Accra, Ghana, she has an MBA in Financial Management.

Ololade Siyonbola - Yoruba Cultural Institute. Ololade Siyonbola is the co-founder of the Yoruba Cultural Institute which offers programs and courses in Yoruba culture, history, literature, drama/interaction, music and language and whose mission is to produce a generation of Yoruba scholars who uphold the ancient values of the Yoruba Nation in belief and in practice.

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