Young, Gifted and Unapologetically Black in America

Recently, NBCBLK28 honored “Black America’s 28 under 28” — “young and gifted” innovators, vanguards, trendsetters and pioneers. Those whom they consider game changers defying stereotypes and “redefining what it means to be young, gifted and unapologetically Black” in America. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Afrophobia: Letter to the National Association of Nigerian Students

 “The actions by our siblings here in South Africa, particularly in Pretoria, when they target those black persons who are from other parts of the continent, are anti-black actions stemming from self-hatred caused by white supremacy.” Revolutionary greetings to the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) I write to you in my capacity as the…

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African-American History: The Global Dimensions of the Life and Legacy of Malcolm X

Note: This is the text of a lecture delivered at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan in honor of African American History Month on February 8, 2017. The program was sponsored by the campus African American Association, the Diversity Club and the Office of Student Activities.  I want to extend my appreciation for this invitation…

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Kenyan Law Professor and Pan Africanist, Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba says, “We Africans are Eagles, let us acquire our wings and let us fly.”

“Each one of us has the duty and opportunity to change Africa.”― Patrick L.O. Lumumba Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba is a renowned Kenyan Law Professor and Pan Africanist who served as the Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, and is currently the Director of The Kenya School of Laws. He has lectured law at the…

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Why are Some Black Africans Considered White Americans?

I always knew I was black. My childhood was the scent of coconut oil hair cream and the taste of bean pie after Friday prayers in a Bilalian mosque on Chicago’s south side. I knew the words to Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and called Harold Washington my mayor, even though I lived in the suburbs. My…

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A Letter to My American Children, From Your Somali Mother

So much has been put at stake ― the proud history of the U.S. as a home for those in need, the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It is a personal tragedy writ large, one shared across thousands of individual families, stories of separation and degradation. The news that President…

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