“The Negro Question”. Albert Einstein’s 1946 Statement on Racism and Civil Rights

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THE NEGRO QUESTION (1946) by Albert Einstein I am writing as one who has lived among you in America only a little more than ten years. And I am writing seriously and warningly. Many readers may ask: “What right has he to speak about things which concern us alone, and which no newcomer should touch?” … Read more

Patrice Lumumba: The Most Important Assassination of the 20th Century

Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was assassinated 55 years ago, on 17 January, 1961. This heinous crime was a culmination of two inter-related assassination plots by American and Belgian governments, which used Congolese accomplices and a Belgian execution squad to carry out the deed. Ludo De Witte, … Read more

Mental Freedom and the Omission of African Achievements from History

We hang our hopes on economic development playing a large role in allowing us to reclaim our history from the West, but which comes first, understanding of our own history or economic development? Is real economic development even feasible without a grasp of history? Columnist and author Dr. Chika Ezeanya’s excellent piece on "Reclaiming Africa’s … Read more

The History of Pan Africanism

“Pan Africanism can be said to have its origins in the struggles of the African people against enslavement and colonisation” Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem (Pan Africanism: Politics, Economy and Social Change in the Twenty-first Century). And this struggle may be traced back to the first resistance on slave ships – rebellions and suicides – through the … Read more

Decolonising the Mind: The Misunderstanding of Traditional African Beliefs

There are few religions as globally misunderstood as African Traditional Religions. Whether it is being wrongly labelled voodoo, juju or witchcraft, indigenous African faith systems tend to be associated with darkness, animal and human sacrifices, violence and general backwardness. Few people are aware that Voudou (rather than “voodoo”) is a faith based on harmony with … Read more