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The Nile Valley: Cradle of Civilization
With their eyes and minds on eternity, the Egyptians built a society that remained constant for nearly 3000 years. Many of their monuments still attest to that permanence. Ancient eyes of monumental sculptures and the Sphinx still stare at us through the centuries.Read more
The Real Lone Ranger ‑ Bass Reeves
Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves was arguably the greatest lawman and gunfighter of the West, a man who served as a marshal for 32 years in the most dangerous district in the country, captured 3,000 felons, (once bringing in 17 men at one time), and shot 14 men in the line of duty, all without ever being shot himself.Read more
The significance of Sarah Baartman
This post is about the sad story of Sarah Baartman.
In October 1810, although illiterate, Baartman allegedly signed a contract with English ship surgeon William Dunlop and mixed‑race entrepreneur Hendrik Cesars, in whose household she worked, saying she would travel to England to take part in shows.
Thomas Sankara 'Africa's Che Guevara’
A post about the legendary Thomas Sankara. Captain Thomas Sankara was the leader of the Burkinabe Revolution. In the former Upper Volta known today as Burkina Faso. The revolution was launched to enable the country "to accept the responsibility of its reality and its destiny with human dignity".Read more
UN pays tribute to achievements of African diaspora
The UN Secretary‑General António Guterres has paid tribute to the achievements of African diaspora, who rose above the chains and pains of slave trade to impact humanity. Guterres, in his...Read more
Wangari Maathai ‑ Internationally renowned Kenyan environmental political activist and Nobel laureate.
Born on April 1, 1940, in Kenya, Maathai grew up in a small village. Maathai's family decided to send her to school, which was uncommon for girls at this time. She started at primary school when she was 8 years old.Read more
When black men ruled Europe: Iberia (Spain and Portugal) Part II
The Moors ruled and occupied Lisbon (named "Lashbuna" by the Moors) and the rest of the country until well into the twelfth century. They were finally defeated and driven out by the forces of King Alfonso Henriques. The scene of this battle was the Castelo de Sao Jorge or the 'Castle of St. George.'