Powerful people cannot afford to educate the people that they oppress, because once you are truly educated, you will not ask for power. You will take it.
"Africans and persons of African descent must assume the primary
responsibility and leadership in historical research….if we are to
continue to leave practically all important historical research and
writing concerning the black race to the white man, then we must be
prepared to accept, uncomplainingly, the white man’s point of view."
Chancellor Williams, African Historian
African history month is a separate entity and should not be confused with Black History Month, an annual observance in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and communities' in Europe, honoring important celebrations and events within the history of the African Diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States, Canada and most other places in February but the United Kingdom celebration is in October.
Let us pause and give homage to Dr. Carter G. Woodson founder of Negro History Week in 1926, and the African-British history month was introduced in 1987 by Linda Bellos both are appreciated in our contemporary world. And also, we must pay tribute to countless activists, organizations and governmental agencies that are celebrated annually. African communities everywhere owe them a debt of gratitude.
However, we must not forget our ancestors and its history. If we do, we are negating thousands and thousand of years of our heritage. Africa is complex with over 2000 cultures, with different languages, traditions, and having histories of their own.
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