Why An African History Month

Why, An African History Month?

The motherland's histories are complex with over 2000 cultures, constituting, different languages, traditions and customs and they all have their own stories to tell. It would be mutually beneficial to have our history to be accessible in one historical umbrella. Each month would address a different topic. This will plant the seeds of knowledge to be harvest for the future generations. Most importantly, "African History Month" would serve as a catalyst to correct the gross misconceptions, omission and distortions of it's history.of African people globally.

The word African specifically relates to the indigenous people of the African continent and their descents in the Diaspora ( Caribbean , Americas , Arabia , etc). The race-nationality model such as that currently employed by African-American, African-Brazilian and African-Caribbean communities more accurately describes the identity whilst fully articulating the history and geopolitical reality

The miscellaneous usage of the label 'Black' within this site reflects its contemporary use as a means to denote a specific
sociocultural and political context. It is recognized as a colloquial term that was fashioned as a reactionary concept to derogatory racial epithets in the 1960's. It is offensive when used as a racial classification code word to denote African people. Other such denigrating terminology when made in reference to African culture, heritage or identity are 'Tribe', 'Sub-Saharan Africa', or 'black Africa '.


Friday, February 26, 2016

The Battle at Adwa, On March 1, 1896,

The Battle at Adwa, on March 1, 1896, was the defense of Ethiopia against the Italian invasion. This marks the only African country that escaped colonialism during the European attempts to colonize and control the resources of Africa in the 19th century. As a result of the defeat of the Italian military forces at Adwa, Ethiopia entered into the 20th century with their culture undisturbed. In addition, Ethiopia kept their independence, maintained their Amharic language, written script and calendar. These accomplishments should be honored and acknowledged by the global African communities. This includes continental Africa and the Diaspora descendants, such as, South, Central, and North America, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and Asia.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Empress Taytu Battle of Adwa/Adowa March 2, 1896

The loyal wife, the commander, the strategist, the practical feminist even way before feminism was a mainstream movement: Empress Taytu—her name literally means Empress Sunshine—was indeed a sunshine for her nation when it fell under the cover of darkness. Perhaps, there would not have been the story of Adwa/Adowa—the March 1, 1896, Ethiopian victory against colonialism, without Empress Taytu, for she inspired it.
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Friday, February 12, 2016

Black History Month: 5 African-American Entrepreneurs

Before Madam C.J. Walker and Annie Turnbo Malone succeeded in the beauty industry in the early 20th century, Christiana Carteaux Bannister, a woman of African-American and Narragansett Indian heritage, had already achieved success as a hair stylist (and wigmaker) in pre-Civil War America. Carteaux Bannister was born Christiana Babcock in Rhode Island circa 1820. After moving to Boston in the 1840s, she became a skilled hairdresser (or "hair doctress," as stylists were known at the time). Following a failed marriage that gave her the last name Carteaux, she went into business as Madame Carteaux.

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