“Although it had been conquered dozens of times, Ethiopia was the birthplace of African nationalism.” Nelson Mandela, in his Long Walk to Freedom, p.402
“Ethiopia has always held a special place in my own imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African.” (ibid.)
It is an honour to be invited by Kara Heritage Institute celebrating by combining together critically important events to transform the unacceptable and unending colonial condition that Africans continue to experience wherever they are to this day: The 1896 decisive Adwa Victory, the 1926 African American History week (and now month initiated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson), the release of the South African anti-apartheid icon, Former President Nelson Mandela and other comrades, and the determination to make the May Liberation month and May 25 to be celebrated by making it also a South African “African national annual Day”. These combinations are unique and we appreciate Kara Heritage Institute very much for using this important moment to start this celebration with the liberation synthesis of a decisive African victory with world significance, release of freedom fighters, celebration of African-Americans’ freed from racism and the global recognition of the African liberation month every May.