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Articles by Abayomi Azikiwe

Burkina Faso courts to allow exhumation of Thomas Sankara remains

March 10, 2015

Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, 1984-1987. Captain Thomas Sankara, martyred Burkinabe revolutionary Pan-Africanist and Marxist leader, was assassinated in a coup on Oct. 15, 1987. Sankara, president of  Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987, was only 37 years old. Elections will be held later [...]

Despite reported decline, struggle against Ebola continues

March 7, 2015

2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa – outbreak distribution map. African leaders, health care professionals, international humanitarian organizations and others have praised the work battling the latest and most deadly outbreak of Ebola. In Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the epicenters of [...]

Civil rights activist denied appeal bond

March 6, 2015

Rev. Edward Pinkney A motions hearing in Berrien County, Mich., on Feb. 27 denied bond to imprisoned community leader Rev. Edward Pinkney, pending the outcome of an appeal to overturn his conviction on five felony forgery charges. The courtroom was packed with Pinkney’s supporters. At least 30 [...]

U.S. causes instability in Libya, Nigeria

February 28, 2015

An Egyptian air force fighter jet lands after attack on Libya Feb. 16. Egyptian planes struck Libya on Feb. 16 following Islamic State operatives’ brutal execution of Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi then appealed for military intervention by the [...]

Lorraine Hansberry: Political activist, artist

February 28, 2015

Lorraine Hansberry It is 50 years since Lorraine Hansberry, a renowned playwright and political activist on the left, died on Jan. 12, 1965. Only 34, she had led a full life and intervened in many of the significant developments in the African-American liberation movement of the 1960s. Hansberry [...]

A violent history: New report reveals extent of racist lynchings

February 20, 2015

Ida B. Wells The Equal Justice Initiative published a report entitled “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror” on Feb. 10. It illustrates the need to re-examine a sordid period in U.S. history, which has never been officially acknowledged. (ejl.org) Although this [...]

‘The Book of Negroes’: TV miniseries tackles historical myths

February 18, 2015

“The Book of Negroes” miniseries by Lawrence Hill, director Clement Virgo and executive producer Damon D’Oliveira. The cast includes Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lyriq Bent and Louis Gossett Jr. This six-part, historical fiction, television series recently concluded its premiere over the [...]

Long live the legacy of Malcolm X

February 12, 2015

February 21 marks the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Malcolm X, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, who was gunned down by three men at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, N.Y., in 1965 as he prepared to address several hundred people. The meeting was sponsored by the Organization of Afro-American Unity, [...]

Louisiana’s African slave revolt of 1811

February 6, 2015

Some writers today note that an often hidden and misrepresented anti-slavery rebellion in 1811 along the German Coast in Louisiana — located above New Orleans on the Mississippi River — was the largest African uprising during the antebellum period. Historiographical accounts of resistance to [...]
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