A people with no reverence for their past have no future.
The African story is part of our collective human story. All people ought to celebrate these important dates in world history.
Successful societies reinforce a narrative of their success and struggle through their holidays.
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JANUARY 2 – Ancestry Day (Origin: Haiti) – In French: Jour des Aieux
(Note: ALL humanity should commemorate the world’s first nation of freed slaves. In a world that promotes freedom and liberty, it’s a curious thing that the Haitian fight for freedom is any less regarded than that of America’s founders)
JANUARY (3rd Sunday, falls between Jan 15 – 21, ) – Martin Luther King day (Origin: USA)
FEBRUARY (ALL) – Black History Month (Origin: USA)
MARCH 10 – Start of Menelik II’s Reign in Ethiopia (Origin: Ethiopia) (Home to the worlds first Christian nation and one of the oldest Jewish communities)
MARCH 10 – Harriet Tubman Day (Origin: USA)
APRIL 27 – Freedom Day ( Origin: South Africa)
MAY 19 – Malcolm X Birthday (Origin: USA)
MAY 25 – Africa Day (Celebrated throughout the continent)
May 31 – Commemoration of 1921 Tulsa Race War, the day the first shot rang out. (Origin: USA)
JUNE 19 – Juneteenth (Origin: USA) – commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America, outside Native American lands.
JULY 18 – Nelson Mandela’s Birthday ( Origin: South Africa)
AUGUST 4 – Founder’s Day (Origin: Ghana) – National public holiday observed in Ghana to mark the birthday of Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah the founding father of Ghana.
AUGUST 17 – Marcus Garvey Day (Origin: Jamaica)
AUGUST 23 – Sankofa Day – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition (Origin: Europe) – Holiday designated by UNESCO and observed each year in London’s Trafalgar Square.
AUGUST 30 – Fred Hampton Day (Origin: USA) – Fred Hampton was born August 30th, 1948
AUGUST (Last Sunday) – Black Marriage Day (Origin: USA)
SEPTEMBER 21 – Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day (Origin: Ghana) is celebrated in commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and the architect of African liberation.
OCTOBER (ALL) – Reflection on The Black Future – Month-long discussion of the 500-year plan, Powernomics (Origin: USA)
NOVEMBER 20 – Black Consciousness Day (or Zumbi Day) (Origin: Brazil) – In Portuguese: Dia da Consciência Negra, is observed annually on November 20 as a day “to celebrate a regained awareness by the black community about their great worth and contribution to the country”.
Black Awareness Day has been celebrated since the 1960s and has amplified its events in the last few years. Originally, it was celebrated on May 13 (the date of abolition of slavery in Brazil). It was later moved to November 20 to honor Zumbi’s death and is sometimes called Zumbi Day. It is an official state holiday in Alagoas, Amazonas, Amapá, Mato Grosso, and Rio de Janeiro, and marked elsewhere by multiple city councils.
DECEMBER 26 — JANUARY 1 – Kwanzaa (Origin: USA)
We believe our Black children must see themselves in the face of their heroes both past and present. Recognition of the dates listed below is meant to celebrate our strength through the strength of their ancestors. We reserve to ourselves at least 1 day each month to connect with our global family. We reserve the right to celebrate our strength and accomplishments. We reserve the right to remind our children that they matter and that we will never again suffer from a lack of knowledge or skill.
We reserve 1 day each month to show love to ancestors who have loved us and to project that love into our present and future. As much as we take pride in African history a more important work is determining the global African future. The past 500 years have provided a cautionary tale. Let’s ensure we are the ones writing the chapter of the next 500 years.
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