Mandela’s father lost his chieftancy after failing to follow the orders of a magistrate. With it he lost his fortune which were his cattle and land and his title. So his mother moved to Qunu. Most of the land in Qunu was owned by the state because by law Africans could not enjoy private title to land and had to become paying tenants who leased the land. More »
Moira decided to quit her job when she had her first baby. She grew up in a metropolitan city in Southern Africa with parents who both earned a living and contributed financially to the economic well being of their family. Her mother and all the women in the family were upset with this decision and have been urging her to go back to work. More »
Let us join to celebrate Dr. Georges Bwelle selected as one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes for 2013. Dr. Georges Bwelle, a general surgeon at the central hospital in Cameroon’s capital, assembles a team of medical volunteers, buys medications, equipment, and surgical supplies for weekend missions throughout the dry season. More »
Before the Accolades
Nelson Rolihlahla was born in 1918 in Mvezo, a tiny village in the district of Mtata, capital of the Transkei. He was part of the Thembu who also form the Xhosa nation. His father Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa was a chief of the Mvezo people. His original name Rolihlahla meant ‘troublemaker’. Mandela spent most of this childhood Qunu, a village near Umtata. The name Madiba is a clan name and term of respect. Mandela’s father lost his chieftancy after failing to follow the orders of a magistrate. With it he lost his fortune which were his cattle and land and his title. So his mother moved to Qunu. Most of the land in Qunu was owned by the state because by law Africans could not enjoy private title to land and had to become paying tenants who leased the land.
One of his father’s friends George Mbaleka who was a christian insisted to his mother that he be enrolled in school because he was intelligent. Mandela was baptized into the Methodist Wesleyan Church. No one in his family had ever been to school but at 7 years he enrolled in formal school. It was his first teacher, Miss Mdingane who gave him the name Nelson. At the age of 9 more changes were to come, his father died and they moved from Qunu to Mqhekezweni, the provisional capital of Thembuland, the royal residence of Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, acting regent of the Thembu people. He became his guardian and benefactor for the next decade of his life.
By his own confession Mandela says, “Until then I had had no thoughts of anything but my own pleasures, no higher ambition than to eat well and become a champion stick fighter. Under the guardianship of Mqhekezweni he continued his formal education and also became a plow boy, wagon guide and shepherd. At the age of 16, he went through his circumcision; the traditional ceremony compromised of 26 boys now becoming men.
When he was enrolled in Clarkebury he was introduced to a more western standard of living. In this school he learned that he was not special and the only way to distinguish himself as special was to perform well in school. It was at Clarkebury that he learned for the first time the meaning of a B.A or A.B.A degree in his first encounters with African teachers who had matriculated at the Universities.
At the age of 19, Nelson joined Justice at Healdtown, the Wesleyan College of Fort Beaufort which was about 175 southwest of Umtata. Healdtown was probably the largest African school with more than a thousand students both male and female. Healdtown was a Mission School of the Methodist Church. When he left Healdtown, Fort Hare was the only institution for Higher learning for blacks in South Africa and was the Harvard, Yale and Oxford for black students coming from Southern, Central and Eastern Africa. In his first year of college, he was set on building a career as a civil servant but was influenced to study law.
Bill deBlasio became America’s Mayor when he won 79% of the vote in the New York Mayoral race. His family is evidence of a new America reflecting the now open acceptance of interracial relationships and their celebration of the union and the children.
The effect has been more tolerance and understanding among the races. Though bi-racial people have existed in America since the founding of the nation,they have always been considered as black. In America what existed was the one drop rule which states that anyone it a drop of non white blood is considered black. It is a proven fact that Thomas Jefferson the 3rd US President is known as the founding father of the African American community.
it is widely believed that the litmus test for whether a person is racist or not is whether they will allow their child to marry outside the race, particularly their sons. Senator & former Republican candidate John McCain’s son Jack McCain who married Renee Swift a black woman in a lavish wedding in California. Our guess is that Jack and Rene both graduates of the prestigious US military academy West Point will seek higher office Renee McCain may be the US Second African American First Lady. We all remember how in the 2000 Presidential campaign McCain was leading in Republican primary when a rumor spread across South Carolina that John McCain had a black daughter, this rumor had the intended effect of him losing the state to the then Texas governor Bush.
Jack and Renee McCainCourtesy of John McCain’s Facebook Page
Lindsay Boehner & Dominic Lakhan
Source: Dailymail UK
The Speaker of the US House of Representatives in the 112th Congress Republican John Boehner known as Obama’s nemesis. Boehner’s eldest daughter Lindsay married Dominc Lakhan who is Jamaican born. Boehner is well-known for his tanned complexion which he claims he was born with. Some say it was a foreshadowing because he knew in the future he would have a grandchild with a tan.
Kieran James Romney
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Mitt Romney the former Republican Presidential candidate is a grandfather to adopted grandson Kieran( which means dark one) James Romneythis is significant because their foundational beliefs as Mormons used to believe that black people are the children of Cain and cursed beyond redemption. This policy in the last 30 years. Undoubtedly this adoption will alter their perceptions and hopefully make them more empathetic to the experiences of those who are black in America.
Susan Rice & Cameron
Source: White House State Dinner
Dr. Susan Rice Cameron is the National Security Advisor to US President Obama and is often seen as the tough talking, no-nonsense top diplomat, she is also a mother and married to Ian Cameron. She met her husband at Stanford University.
Barack & Ann Obama
In 1961, the year that United States President Barack Obama was born interracial marriage was illegal in 24 states. Since the US Supreme Court declared that it was unconstitutional to deny interracial couples the right to marry interracial marriages have increased in US from 2000 to 2013 by 12%.
Celebrating the black CNN heroes of 2013
Estella Pyfrom- mobile computer lab for low income children and adults in Pal Beach County, Florida
Robin Emmons- gardening to feed other in Charlotte, North Carolina
Tawanda Jones- Teaching dance and discipline in Camden, New Jersey
Kakenya Ntaiya- Educating Maasai girls in Kenya
Dr. Georges Bwelle, a general surgeon at the central hospital in Cameroon’s capital, assembles a team of medical volunteers, buys medications, equipment, and surgical supplies for weekend missions throughout the dry season. He plans out the entire year with specially selected destinations where he and his team set up a field clinic, operating room, and pharmacy for the villagers and neighboring people. At these clinics he provides free consultations, examinations, medications, and operations if necessary.
After studying medicine in Cameroon, Georges-Roger Motto Bwelle spent 15 months in Brussels, Belgium to further his knowledge of vascular surgery. When he returned home, he ran the medical center in Bengis, a small, impoverished community in southern Cameroon. Then he got the idea to build a global network of medical professionals and student interns to provide free health services to poor regions throughout the African continent. In July 2008, Georges created the non-profit organization ASCOVIME which focuses on health and education issues.”
What is ASCOVIME USA?
ASCOVIME is a small, grassroots volunteer organization committed to fight illiteracy and disease in Cameroon and eventually greater Africa. The humanitarian missions of ASCOVIME have been going on since 2000. However, the organization was formally established in 2008.
The mission of Ascovime is simple: provide free medical care and education supplies to marginalized, destitute populations in the rainforests of Africa. In the bigger picture, education and health are the vital elements that are keeping Cameroonians from true independence and democracy.
What Do We Do?
Every Friday during dry season in Cameroon, Ascovime loads up a hired or borrowed van with a team of volunteers and a bunch of medical supplies, and hits the road. The team heads for some of the poorest and remote villages in the country where people may have never seen a doctor before. They set up a makeshift “hospital” and first provide locals with personal consultations, then prescribe treatments, and even surgeries under primitive conditions – all of this at no charge. Our mission was to travel to rural jungle villages and set up improvised clinics, pharmacies, and operating rooms to provide free health care to the locals. In addition, the teams bring school supplies to all of the primary school children and teaching supplies to the instructors.
During the fall months, Ascovime again loads up their vans with volunteers, but this time with mostly educational supplies and materials. Books, pencils, chalk, notebooks, backpacks, and anything that can help a teacher or a student to get a better education is distributed for free by Ascovime. Currently, Ascovime is leading a project to give more children the opportunity to attend high school.
Courtesy of Ascovime.org, CNN.com/heroes,