The month of February is designated Black History Month. We uphold the notion that our history, culture and values are to be celebrated and practiced every day of the year. Today, we take a moment to highlight two Ancestors of resistance to draw upon their fierce tenacity to fight on behalf of their people.
First, we honor Queen Nanny of Jamaica. Queen Nanny was heavily influenced by the Maroons when she fled her plantation to the Blue Mountains area. It was here where she organized a village called Nanny Town which would provide safe harbor to newly freed Africans. Queen Nanny's skillful organizing skills led to her to freeing more that 800 enslaved Africans and helped them to resettle in the Maroon community.
Next up, we have Baba Sekou Touré who is known as an independence movement hero. Touré was born to a poor Muslim farming family and was considered unruly in his early years. He was a union leader and organized several strikes and was quite a persuasive speaker. He also led a successful campaign for Guinea's independence from French occupation. His campaign was successful as the people of Guinea chose to complete independence in 1958 and he was elected president of the first independent French speaking state in Africa.
We recognize, honor and celebrate our Ancestors of resistance today and every day as the fight for our liberation and freedom still exists today. May we not be blinded by the distractions of the world and prioritize people over things. May we learn from their strength, determination and vision so that we may see and dream bigger and brighter.
*Information taken from Kamali Academy, 50 Africans You Must Know Vol. 1 by Dr. Samori Camara, Shi'heem Wallis and Elijah Mitchell