Francis A KORNEGAY Jr. Photo: Twitter / Institute for Global Dialogue
Francis Kornegay Jnr, senior researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue, who died on June 11 at the age of 76, was a humanist and quintessentially Afropolitan.
Professor Mokubung Nkomo is a retired scholar who has published research on equality in education in academic journals and has written, edited and co-edited numerous books over the past four decades.
As we grow and become aware of the world around us, we choose to either go with the flow without disturbing the established order of things, or, having witnessed the injustices of the prevailing order, we choose to let us engage in the process of changing what is wrong and brings misery to a larger part of humanity.
The first option is pitifully ordinary, mundane, and it is better to leave it in its own silence.
The second option revolves around the consciousness and consciousness that inspires us to act accordingly; it is by definition extraordinary because it requires daring. Informed by these splendid human attributes, we choose the approach and the tools that will advance the goals we seek to achieve, in this case the imperative to improve the human condition.
For so many years that I have known Francis Kornegay – who died on June 11 at the age of 76 – sometimes up close, sometimes from afar, I have been struck by his deep concern for the “wretches of the earth”. Her loathing for injustice wherever it existed troubled her innermost sensibility.
Throughout his life, he has demonstrated his commitment to social justice, not only by word of mouth, but by sharing his ideas on various print platforms, expressing them in broadcast channels and conference rooms. . It was his choice of the weapons he used to fight injustice.
Prior to coming to South Africa, he was actively involved in various civil rights campaigns in the United States, including his work as an assistant to Charles Diggs, founder of the Congressional Black Caucus and a staunch anti-apartheid activist, and one of the champions of progressive legislation in the United States that would benefit everyone. He was deeply affected by his association with leading civil rights activists, lawmakers, the Vietnam War, and other cultural manifestations that marked the 1960-80 era in the United States.
His considerable accomplishments are described by the family obituary as follows:
“Senior researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue [IGD], he was an alumnus of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region. Prior to joining the IGD, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Policy Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, contributing to research on African policies, governance and democratization processes. Prior to residing in South Africa, Mr. Kornegay Jr was a two-time Professional Fellow in the United States Congress, helping to establish the Research and Evaluation Office of the African Development Foundation and was Editor-in-Chief at the Bibliographic Center African.
“He has co-edited two books: Pose the BRICS of a new world order  and Africa and the World: Navigating in a Changing Geopolitics . He has also published extensively on a variety of subjects such as South-South cooperation, the rise of emerging powers, maritime security, the Indian Ocean rim, the Indo-Pacific, global Africa and the role of the diaspora, regional integration and Africa’s role in a changing geopolitical landscape.
“His work has consistently contributed to the formulation and formulation of ideas and concepts on strengthening the African agency in international relations in order to ensure strategic autonomy in Africa’s relations with its strategic partners. Recognizing the negative impact of economic policy and development models on human society’s relationship with nature, he was determined to ensure that development decisions were in harmony with our relationship with the natural world, this which led to the concept of zoonosis. , an IGD series on reimagining post-pandemic international relations.
Martin Luther King Jnr’s enduring and deep assertion that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” seemed irreparably entrenched in his personality. His penchant for social justice and true democracy has spread far beyond his country of birth, as evidenced by his involvement in the anti-apartheid campaign and its entanglement with issues of global inequality.
The desire to move to South Africa was driven in part by King’s aphorism and largely permitted, if not deliberately facilitated, by his wife and also engaged Dr. Ellen Kornegay. His move to South Africa was a conscious choice, even though the skies were at times heavily overrun with ominous clouds in our beloved country. His optimism and hope kept him loyal to the cause.
At the base, Francis Kornegay Jnr was a humanist and typically Afropolitan. He did not proclaim himself as such, but his actions, intellectual and otherwise, established his good faith. In short, his life can be defined in an all-encompassing word, praxis – that is, his thoughts were aligned with his practice. It is a laudable choice. Relevant activists, academics and politicians can learn vital lessons from its practice. DM
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This notice was published: 2021-06-21 12:59:11