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The Land Issue in Malawi and the Case for Reparations

The Land issue is not new in most countries and can be often used to explain the systematic economic inequality that exists in Africa. Colonialism created serious inequality in land ownership and land

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Don’t Give Africa Aid. Just Pay Back What You Stole! The Role of Barclays Bank in African Poverty

Next time you hear western countries especially England, France, Belgium and Portugal discuss how much money they give in aid, ask when they will pay back what they stole. Over the next few months we will

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Zimbabwe: 36 Years of Trials and Triumphs

Zimbabwe officially became Independent on April 18, 1980. Despite various economic setbacks, the people have been resilient and continue to make progress in education, in agriculture and in even in promoting

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The Nkomati Agreement- Mozambique & South Africa

On March 16, 1984, Mozambique was forced to sign a special treaty with the apartheid government of South Africa known as the Nkomati Agreement. Mozambique promised not to allow the ANC (African National

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Early History of the Swahili in Kilwa and Zanzibar

Swahili can be used to describe a language and a tribe of people. The title ‘Swahili’ comes from the Arabic term suahel which means sea coast. They used the term to describe the black people

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The Brutality of Belgian Colonialism in the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has a long and complicated history with Belgium. The history is complicated by King Leopold’s quest to make Belgium great which began July 1, 1885, when

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The Nguni State Under Dingiswayo

In 18th century South Africa, there were mainly two groups of people who were readily identified by the languages they spoke: the Sotho and Nguni. The Sotho language was spoken by the northern Sotho or

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Mozambique’s Economic & Political History II

During the period after independence there was a mass exodus of Portuguese nationals coupled with weak infrastructure, nationalization, and economic mismanagement. In addition, during most of the civil

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Forgotten History: Black Heroes in Science

James McCune Smith James McCune Smith (1813-1865) was the first African American to obtain a medical degree, prominent abolitionist and suffragist, compassionate physician, prolific writer, and public

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Land Policy & Wealth Disparity in Africa & America #BlackWealthMatters

Ownership is the basis of capitalism so when the African-Americans slaves were freed from slavery part of their reparations were to be 40 acres of land and mule. These were essential to enable the former

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The Truth About Black Economics under Ronald Reagan

While many Republican politicians use Ronald Reagan as the gold standard for what works, it is important for us to examine how his policies affected black people in America. As the infographic below shows,

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Martin Luther King Jr. & His Journey to Africa

Americans and black people around the world will this week celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Even though he was a notable civil rights leader in the United States, he also inspired many people

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Early History & Economy of the Sudan (1500- 600 BC)

The present day Sudan was formerly called Nubia. After it merged with Egypt it became the state of Kush. The land of Kush was ruled by the pharaohs of Egypt from 1500 to 1000 BC. During the time when the

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Global Black History Is Now on YouTube

You can now find some of our content on YouTube. The following and many more Global Black History videos are available to view: The Role of Missionaries in the Colonization of Africa European missionaries

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The Mutapa State & Portuguese Traders in the 16th Century

The Mutapa State consolidated power and maintained its dominance from the 15th to the 20th century in what is now present day Zimbabwe. The ruling class of the Mutapa people had similar culture and customs

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The Role of Explorers and Traders in the Colonization of Africa

The drive to colonize Africa was spurred by the growth of capitalism in Europe which increased the need for raw materials. Some argue that the abolition of the slave trade in England in 1807 was a catalyst

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How France Continues Slavery & Colonialism in the 21st Century

The average French citizen works 30 hours a week, takes siestas after their lunch break, visits coffee shops and spends considerable time at their favorite restaurant all the while looking down upon the

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Marikana Is Not New: A History of Government’s Response to Workers Unions in South Africa

The tragedy of Marikana is troubling but not surprising for the South African government. Perhaps its a testament to the fact that you can change the race of government but not the policies and ideologies

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The Role of the Roman Catholic Church in Slavery

Some historians argue that if churches had used their power, the Atlantic slave trade might have never occurred. By the same logic, others argue that the Catholic church and Catholic missionaries could

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Forgotten History: The Gaza State, 1821- 1895

In 1821, Soshangane who had been a part of Shaka’s army led a small group of the Ndwandwe to the North. Eventually, they settled in the lands of the Tsonga, in what is now present day Mozambique.

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