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Africa Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Africa, Bert Sam, Caribbean, Centre for Reparations Research, Colonialism, Cozier Frederick, CRR, Dominique Day, Dr. Ron Daniels, Earl Bousquet, June Soomer, Ka'Bu Ma'at Kheru, Kibwe Copeland, Laleta Davis-Mattis, PJ Patterson, Sir Hilary Beckles, University of the West Indies, UWI, Verene Shepherd

Centre for Reparation Research Commemorates Indigenous Peoples Day with a Virtual Symposium

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

October 12, 2020 — The Centre for Reparations Research and the University of the West Indies presents it’s 3rd Anniversary Symposium “The Indigenous Peoples and Colonising Deformities: Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean after 1942”. Hon. P. J. Patterson and Sir Hilary Beckles among Guest Speakers Italian explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492. In 1494, he launched the trans-Atlantic slave trade, sending enslaved…

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Robin Rue Simmons

How the long fight for slavery reparations is slowly being won

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

In a suburb of Chicago, the world’s first government-funded slavery reparations programme is beginning. Robin Rue Simmons helped make it happen – but her victory has been more than 200 years in the making By Kris Manjapra, The Guardian — It began with an email. On an especially cold day in Evanston, Illinois, in February 2019, Robin Rue Simmons, 43 years old and two years into her first term as…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Us’ 55 Years of Unbudging Blackness: Africa as Our Moral Ideal

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — Part 2. Now the interrelated moral imperative to be ourselves and to free ourselves is intimately related to our commitment as advocates of Us to the principle and practice of unbudging Blackness and the deep-rooted and irreversible embrace of Africa as our moral ideal. To talk of our Blackness, again, is to talk not simply of our color, i.e., our appearance and genetic makeup, but also…

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Nigerian migrants arrive in Lagos from Libya. Nigeria has, in the last two years, evacuated thousands of its citizens from Libya and Lebanon after they suffered several forms of abuses, including enslavement. Trafficking has resulted in at least 80,000 Nigerian women being held as sex slaves and forced labour in the Middle East.

The Exploitative System that Traps Nigerian Women as Slaves in Lebanon

By News & Current Affairs

By Sam Olukoya, IPS – “I need help, right now I cannot walk properly,” trafficking victim Nkiru Obasi pleaded from her hospital bed in a video she posted online. The young Nigerian woman had been injured in the Aug. 4 Beirut blast, which ripped through the Lebanese capital, killing 190 people injuring a further 6,500 and damaging 40 percent of the city. However, it’s not…

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Mel Foote, President of the Washington DC, based Constituency for Africa

CFA President Mel Foote — Africa Has Not Been A Priority Region For The Trump Administration

By Editors' Choice

President Trump really has not had any discernible agenda for Africa, says Mel Foote. By Ajong Mbapndah L, Pan African Vision — Very little has been done by President Trump in articulating and fostering a concise African policy, says Mel Foote, President of the Washington DC, based Constituency for Africa. In addition to not paying a visit to Africa in his first term, the President’s utterances and actions have not…

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Dr. The Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Message From CARICOM Chairman on the 186th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery

By Reparations

The 186th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in the CARICOM Member-countries Which Were Colonised by Britain. By Dr. The Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) On August 1, 2020, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) commemorates the 186th anniversary of the abolition of the enslavement of Africans in the CARICOM member-countries which were colonized by Britain. In 1833,…

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Covid-19, Coronavirus Mask

African Update on the Impact of Covid-19

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Source: Pan Africa Today, July 15, 2020 As the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on the African continent surpasses 600 000, the nature of the virus has taken on its own character. This happens while the global infection rate has surpassed 13 million cases, with the US, Brazil, India and Russia accounting for almost half of the confirmed Covid-19 cases globally. Irrespective of the seemingly low number of Covid-19 cases in Africa,…

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Globally in a Renewed Pan African Moment of Hope

By News & Current Affairs

Statement by the Advocacy Network for Africa (AdNA) — Summary Washington, D.C. — On the occasion of the Nelson Mandela International Day—and memorizing in action Pan Africanists and defenders of freedom Zindzi Mandela and Winnie Mandela—taking place within the backdrop of the global campaign against racism sparked by the gruesome murder of George Floyd and exacerbated by the raging COVID19 pandemic, the Advocacy Network for Africa (AdNA) recognizes and welcomes…

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African nations call for racism debate at UN Human Rights Council

African nations call for racism debate at UN Human Rights Council

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By DW — A letter signed by all 54 African nations requested the UN Human Rights Council to urgently debate racism and police violence as protests over George Floyd’s death grow around the world. African countries on Friday called on the United Nation Human Rights Council to urgently debate racism and police impunity, amid growing protests over George Floyd’s death in the United States and other parts of the world. Burkina Faso’s…

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Protesters vandalised a statue of former Belgian King Leopold II at the Africa Museum, in Tervuren, near Brussels, earlier this month

Belgian king expresses ‘regrets’ over colonial past in Congo

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Monarch acknowledges ‘acts of violence and cruelty’ inflicted during colonial rule. By Rory Sullivan, The Independent — The King of Belgium has expressed his “deepest regrets” for the violence and suffering inflicted during Belgian rule over what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as the African country marks 60 years since it gained independence. In a letter written to Felix Tshisekedi, the president of the DRC, King Philippe became the first reigning Belgian monarch…

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