Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Wachovia Story in The Final Call; Thoughts on the Mau Mau Rebellion

The Final Call ran an article today about Wachovia's publicity stunt in providing $10 million to six Black organizations. What I love about The Final Call is that it is only Black national weekly newspaper in the US and is uncompromised in its stories about the Afrikan community. It is an excellent newspaper that all Blackfolk should subscribe to.

The Global Afrikan Congress is preparing for its organizing meeting of the International Reparations Commission that will be held next week in Bridgetown, Barbados. It will be a small gathering of Afrikans from the Continent, Europe the US, Canada, South America and the Caribbean and will set a date for the a 2006 international conference on reparations.

I had the privilege of talking yesterday to Dudley Thompson who is now 88 years old and living in Florida. Ambassador Thompson's life is a history of the pan-Afrikan struggle and he knew everyone from Nkrumah, Padmore, C. L. R. James, M. K. O. Abiola and Du Bois and attended the famous 1945 Fifth pan-Afrikan Conference in Manchester England. Ambassador Thompson defended Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta at his trial in 1952 for leading Kenya's Mau Mau Rebellion. Ambassador Thompson's life story needs to be recorded from his own lips and we will be discussing this next week in Barbados.

Sometimes it pains me that we know so little about our history and links to Afrika. We know what "The Boston Tea Party" was all about or the Amerikkkan Civil War, but very few of us know about the importance of the Mau Mau in the struggle for independence in East Afrika. Would that we knew Our history as well as we know theirs...

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