Why the Kingdom of Dahomey gave up the fight against slavery in 1730

King Behanzin of Dahomey and his household — Photo: New World Encyclopedia The Kingdom of Dahomey (present-day Benin) has a rich yet complicated history. It had kings and princes who made decisions that had a huge impact on the natives of the once prosperous kingdom. One of these kings is Agadja Trudo, the third ruler […]

How H. Rap Brown Forecast the Future of Black Power

by  Dr. Matthew Quest From 1967-1971, H Rap Brown (now Imam Jamil Al-Amin ), native of Baton Rouge Louisiana, distinguished himself in how he foretold the future of the Black Power movement and clarified the questions we should be asking about where African American politics and anti-racist politics were headed. His deeper contributions to politics are obscure to most perhaps as […]

Five painful instances the CIA deprived Afrika of its promising leaders

It is no secret that the West has had a hand in turmoils and conflicts in Africa.  From slavery to colonisation, these western countries have put African countries in dire straits in terms of economic, political, and social development. These interference has also been seen as far back as the 1950s when most African countries […]

The story of Takyi, the Ghanaian king who led a slave rebellion in Jamaica in 1760

Before finding himself as a slave, working hours on end and living in hard conditions on the Frontier plantation in Jamaica, Takyi was a Fanti king from Gold Coast, now modern Ghana. There are no records of which group of Fantis he ruled over before becoming a slave but research indicates that he might have […]

Read the damning letter written by the king of Kongo to the king of Portugal over slavery in 1526

Photo: Civilisation When Portugal arrived in Kongo, one of Africa’s largest kingdoms in the 1500s, the agreement was an exchange of ideas and cultures. King Afonso, who ruled between 1502-1543, was a proponent of this arrangement, hoping that it would make his kingdom prosperous and powerful. However, the Portuguese officials came in and freely disobeyed […]

The tragic yet resilient story of Igbo slaves who committed mass suicide off U.S. coast in 1803

Art work by Donovan Nelson The stories of slave resistance, many of us know, have to do with bloodshed, violence, and destruction. But there are other acts of resistance whose stories are worth being told. Take that of ‘The Igbo Landing’ also called the Ibo Landing, Ebo Landing, or Ebos Landing. The Igbo Landing is […]

The history of Black Mexikans and their struggle to find a voice today

BY NDUTA WAWERU A 1719 Juan Rodríguez Juárez painting, depicting race in Mexico. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Did you know that black Mexicans were only recognised for the first time in 2015 when the Mexican government conducted its national survey? Before that, Mexico and Chile were the only Latin American countries that did not officially count the […]

Black Power & White Welfare, Yesterday & Today

Reflections on Richard White’s The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 by  Howard Machtinger , Most of us–99% at least–must pay the other 1% by week or month or quarter for the privilege of staying here and working like slaves Henry George in his 1886 campaign […]

First, dry your tears and give a loving salute to our newest ancestor, KIILU NYASHA

  For all of us, a teacher who breathed vibrant life into Black history and inspired us to keep making it, for me, a little sister, just two months younger, the guide I leaned on to light the way through dark times, Kiilu Nyasha was a Black Panther from the moment she joined the party […]