THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOWETO YOUTH UPRISING AND MASSACRE IN SOUTH AFRIKA IZ A TIMELY LESSON ON RESISTANCE

41 years ago today, a student-led uprising that began in Soweto but quickly spread throughout the country would forever change South Africa. On June 16, 1976, high-school students responding to Apartheid education policies, and particularly the political aftermath of the Bantu Education Act in 1953, began a protest. According South African History Online, the Bantu […]

6 Little-Known Facts About Yasuke, the All-Powerful Black Samurai of Feudal Japan

He Was an Enslaved African Soldier Given Into the Care of an Italian Missionary The origins of Yasuke are shrouded in mystery, but historians believe the African soldier was born in 1555 in what was then Portuguese Mozambique. He was reportedly sold into slavery following the fall of Abysinnian Bengal, an African kingdom ruled by […]

The Thiaroye massacre, 1944

by Steven Johns A short history of the mass killing of black soldiers in the Free French Forces who were protesting against non-payment of wages towards the end of World War II. It is an often-neglected fact that the majority of General De Gaulle’s Free French Forces were not white Frenchmen but were predominantly troops from […]

Toivo ya Toivo: Afrikan revolutionary hero, co-founder of SWAPO passes on

After spending years as a political prisoner the leader served as an inspiration to oppressed peoples worldwide Pan-African News Wire by Abayomi Azikiwe A man of strong beliefs and convictions, Cde Toivo dedicated his life to the fight against oppression by the then South Africa authorities, rejecting apartheid South Africa’s reduction of sovereign Namibia into […]

Lynching in Amerika

This week, we launched Lynching in America, a new interactive website we created in partnership with Google. This site brings together EJI’s extensive research and resulting data with the stories of lynching victims, as told by their descendants. Through six audio stories and a short documentary, Uprooted, visitors both hear and feel the impact of this dark time […]

Self-love – not bans – will bring an end to Afrika’s bleaching syndrome

Children as young as three internalise a bias against dark skin. Shutterstock To be black in the world today is to be stigmatised for having dark skin. To be light-skinned, on the other hand, is to be celebrated in line with western beauty standards. Black people not only experience this stigma from outside of their […]

Being black in a white skin: students with albinism battle prejudice

People with albinism often isolate themselves to avoid discrimination. Shutterstock by Eleanor Ross Myths and stereotypes about albinism abound. People with the condition are called derogatory names, like inkawu – the Nguni term for white baboon – and isishawa, a Zulu word for a person who is cursed. They are stared at, and must field ignorant […]

1929 War of the Women in Nigeria

  The “riots” or the war, led by women in the provinces of Calabar and Owerri in southeastern Nigeria in November and December of 1929, became known as the “Aba Women’s Riots of 1929” in British colonial history, or as the “Women’s War” in Igbo history.  Thousands of Igbo women organized a massive revolt against […]

SENEGALESE PHOTOGRAPHER OMAR VICTOR DIOP REIMAGINES HISTORICAL MOMENTS OF BLACK PROTEST IN NEW PHOTO SERIES

  Senegalese fine arts and fashion photographer Omar Victor Diop describes his latest series, “Liberty,” as “a reinvented narrative of the history of the black people.” The powerful portraits tastefully showcase international moments of Black resistance spanning generations, including Bloody Sunday and the death of Trayvon Martin. “Liberty” will be exhibited at the Festival of […]

Help support Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando’s new film, Sisters of the Heart

We are writing to share a unique opportunity to help support the work of Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando​. Her latest documentary, ​Sisters of the Heart, ​now in production, presents the little known story of the Oblate Sisters​ of Providence, a Black Catholic order that, since 1829, has educated poor children of African descent from Cuba to […]