What the Removal of White Supremacist Monuments Means to My Students

May 17, 2017

Jefferson Davis monument being removed in New Orleans. Photo by Abdul Aziz, courtesy of Abdul Aziz. On December 17, 2015, the New Orleans City Council voted to remove four monuments to white supremacy. Several depict slave-owners, including Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The ongoing removal of the monuments—done at night by city workers in bulletproof vests following threats of violence—has largely been credited to…

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Ethiopian Liberation Day: May 5th, 1941

May 5, 2017

After living five years in exile, Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie I returned to the capital city of Addis Ababa on this day in 1941. Five years prior on the same day, the emperor would flee Ethiopia as the Italian invasion, which began in 1935, overtook the country. The emperor was patient in rising back to power, using political connections and the military might of his allies to defeat the fascist…

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Samson On The Wall: I sit in my heaven

October 16, 2016

Today I am simply going to share with you some of my morning meditations. In my daily search for inspiration to stand firm on my journey to continue in the tradition of great freedom fighters, I often seek strength and guidance in the words and actions of great women and men who stood in defense of all humanity through their individual and collective efforts to liberate all African people and…

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COUNT DOWN TO THE BI-CENTENARY OF THE BUSSA REBELLION

April 1, 2016

IT is now thirty-seven days away from the date of the 200th anniversary of the phenomenal “BUSSA  REBELLION” ! The Government of Barbados has gone to great lengths to heighten public awareness of and to count down to the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ attainment of Independence, but they seem to have forgotten that a similar effort needs to be made to highlight the impending 200th anniversary of the “Bussa Slave Rebellion” of…

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Bob Marley in Ethiopia

February 1, 2016

At the end of 1978, an unexpected visitor arrived in Ethiopia. Bob Marley, the international reggae star and Pan-African popular icon came to the East African country, considered the holy land by the Rastafari movement, of which he was a member.

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A letter to Patrice Lumumba

January 26, 2016

In memory of the  vicious assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Ama Biney reflects on both the current state of the DRC and Africa, arguing that the Congo is not only a ‘world problem’ but remains critical to the future unity of Africa due to its resources and geo-strategic location

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True Indepenence Should Bring Liberation

December 20, 2015

As we approach 50 years of Independence here in Barbados let us recall to mind the messages given to us by those who fought to lay the foundation for our true liberation. Let us not forget this as we have not yet arrived to the final destination of liberty for African people at home or abroad.

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Sex Boycott and Peace Making in Africa

November 3, 2014

By Melaku Mulualem K. This world is rich in resources and also rich in violence and war. The wars can be broadly divided in to two: intrastate war and interstate war. There are different methods in solving such wars and conflicts. One of the non-violent methods of solving conflicts and wars is “sex boycott”.

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