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Democratic Republic of the Congo Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

R. Drew Smith Professor, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Co-Convener, Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race

400th Year Remembrances of Slavery Should Prompt Renewed Attention to U.S.-Africa Policies

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By R. Drew Smith Professor, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Co-Convener, Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race With 2019 regarded by many as marking 400 years since the beginnings of African enslavement on the North American continent, the costs and consequences of that historic atrocity and the case for reparations for descendants of slavery have been receiving considerable attention. It is crucial there be a serious accounting of slavery, including a financial…

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Patrice Lumumba

Patrice Lumumba’s Letter to his wife before his death on January 17, 1961

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Patrice Lumumba (July 2, 1925 – January 17, 1961) Lest We forget: The last letter written by Patrice Lumumba to his wife, Pauline, just before his death on January 17, 1961…   “My beloved companion, I write you these words not knowing whether you will receive them, when you will receive them, and whether I will still be alive when you read them. Throughout my struggle for the independence of…

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Women displaced by brutal violence in the DR Congo tell their harrowing stories

Women displaced by brutal violence in the DR Congo tell their harrowing stories

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Jan 11 2018 (IOM) – Women have borne and continue to bear a disproportionate amount of the suffering caused by two decades of conflict in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). By Helen Vesperini — Five Women, Five Stories Women, separated from their husbands by the conflict, end up being the sole breadwinners for their families, while also carrying out other necessary tasks, such as, fetching…

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