Posted on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 17:45

Black History month and the missing link

Abda Wone

Since 1976, the month of February has been set aside in honor of Black History in the United States and Canada. During this special month, scholars, artists, activists, politicians and religious leaders debate the role of Black people in society and the challenges they are facing.

Black History celebrations was created by Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) as a week-long event. Woodson's dream was for the history of African Americans to be taken more seriously.

A proud holder of a Ph.D degree from Havard, the second African American to earn such a degree, Woodson understood the need for young African Americans to know their past for a better understanding of the present in order to anticipate the future.

This event is a great moment for African Americans to visit their history and celebrate those who have contributed to making a difference in their everyday lives.

The month of February sees activists raising awareness and educating youngsters about great African American heroes such as, Marian Anderson, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Josephine Baker, Maya Angelou, Barack Obama and the list goes on.

But as much as the history of this great people is recognised during the enriching month of February, the link to the motherland is often missing in action. Slavery is often seen as the starting point of the history of Blacks.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 February 2012 10:32

Abda Wone

Abda Wone

A dedicated human rights activist and panafricanist, Abda Wone holds a Masters Degree from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University and a post graduate degree in journalism from Senegal. Born in Kaedi, Mauritania on 16 June 1973 Wone is an exiled academic and activist. In 1989 his family, along with more than 120,000 other black Africans, was deported from Mauritania by the then Arab dominated regime, Wone was just 16 years old. After relocating to Senegal, he completed his schooling and later worked with Sud Quotidien, a Sengalese daily newspaper and Diamono FM, as an interviewer and commentator. In 2000, he moved to Buffalo, New York, where he completed a degree in International Affairs at SUNY Buffalo.

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