African Caribbean Citizens Forum reports about BHS 2008 in Rapport Magazine:
Report by Wolde Selassie who was the Chair for BHS programme.
Black History Season will this year be celebrating the Afrikan Renaissance. This concept was first noted by Nelson Mandela. After two thousand years of decline and foreign domination, there are signs that the Continent is stirring. Over forty years ago the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain reflecting on the Independence movements of the time, observed the wind of change blowing through Afrika.
As with all things in the quantifiable consciousness there are peaks and troughs and highs and lows. We are witnessing the restoration of Afrikan value systems as practiced by the Ancients. We are being prepared to take responsibility for our own destinies, our own state of health, our own education system, economic foundation and all the components for Nation Building.
For some this seems to be a daunting task as we listen to the news broadcasts and witness the negative reports coming from various parts of the Continent. These smoke screens are set up to mask the massive efforts being made by the sons and daughters of the Afrikan liberation movement to complete unfinished labours of our predecessors Marcus Mosiah and Amy Jacques Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, George Padmore, Fredrick Douglass, Claudia Jones, sojourner Truth. These and many others have contributed to the process in search of our liberty.
There are now organisations inside and outside of Afrika which are now working closely to release the visions of the ancestors and to free up the legacy that is our birth right.
We do not have to wait on the Chinese or any other Nation to give us the power to work for ourselves. We have as a matter of fact seen that natural disasters can set back a country decades within a few minutes, therefore all human beings are subject to the same forces that govern the destiny of mankind. It is our responsibility to pass to the next generation the baton of leadership and discipline in Nation Building.
When we look at the European renaissance we see the inventors, artists, artisans, poets and scientists who brought the European nations out of the Dark Ages of Ignorance and backwardness who did so with confidence and a purpose. Afrika’s revival is not a quick fix affair. The time factor involved could be two or three generations removed, it is nevertheless a process which will need sincere and selfless dedication.
Afrika has in the past made some very lasting contributions to World Civilisation, it is not impossible that given a chance and with the consistent endeavours of our patriots Afrika will again take its rightful place amongst the Nations as an equal not a minion or Dominion.
There are in line with these developments recent archaeological research which add to previous findings, that Afrika is the cradle of humanity and as such is the originator of all civilised culture as practiced by the Greeks, Romans et al. The evidence is now irrefutable and is recorded in some of the most prestigious universities and research centres in Europe. We have come a long way since the Invasion and enslavement of our Continent and people, by the forces of Colonialism Arab and European the road is now open for the long march to victory.
Civilisation does not necessarily mean technological advancement but includes attitudes and behaviour conducive to progress in humanitarian relations and the maintenance of peace and prosperity for all.
Chair BHS 2008
African Caribbean Citizens Forum, Rapport Magazine, Summer Edition, 2008, p. 1.
Donated by Carol Varley: African Caribbean Citizens Forum