Frank E. Petersen Jr., who suffered bruising racial indignities as a military enlistee in the 1950s and was even arrested at an officers’ club on suspicion of impersonating a lieutenant, but who endured to become the first black aviator and the first black general in the Marine Corps, died on Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, Md., near Annapolis. He was 83. Tributes 

Frank E. Petersen, First Black General in Marines, Dies at 83

  By Sam Roberts Frank E. Petersen Jr., who suffered bruising racial indignities as a military enlistee in the 1950s and was even arrested at an officers’ club on suspicion of impersonating a lieutenant, but who endured to become the first black aviator and the first black general in the Marine Corps, died on Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, Md., near Annapolis. He was 83. The cause was lung cancer, his wife, Alicia, said. The son of a former sugar-cane plantation worker from St. Croix, the Virgin Islands, General Petersen…

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“Do you want me to punch you to the floor to realize I am still there?” Mugabe told an interviewer from state television who asked him in early 2016 about retirement plans.mAfter the fighting between black guerrillas and the white rulers of Rhodesia, as Zimbabwe was then known, ended, Mugabe reached out to whites. The self-declared Marxist stressed the need for education and built new schools. Tourism and mining flourished, and Zimbabwe was a regional breadbasket. Tributes 

Former President Robert Mugabe Dies at age 95

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla chief who took power when the African country shook off white minority rule and presided for decades while economic turmoil and human rights violations eroded its early promise, has died in Singapore. He was 95. Mugabe enjoyed strong support from Zimbabwe’s people soon after he became the first post-colonial leader of what had been British-controlled Rhodesia. Often violent farm seizures from whites who owned huge tracts of land made him a hated figure in the West and…

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Themba began teaching at the school in St. Joseph, where he lived, and it was here that he influenced the life of another great writer of Africa: Mbulelo Mzamane. In an appearance on the South African Broadcasting Digital News, Mzamane talks about how Themba taught him about literary giants, including Shakespeare. For Themba, this must have been a reprieve from the inferior education he was forced to teach the kids in South Africa due to the Bantu Education Act. This ability to do so did not cause Themba to forget South Africa’s struggles, though. He never really stopped being a voice against the apartheid in his homeland. His mere presence, when combined with his and Father Ciccone’s preaching, made sure that the true nature of the apartheid regime of South Africa did not remain an unknown topic in Swaziland for long. Tributes 

Biography of Can Themba by Aisha Ahmed

Golden City Post Can Themba was born a Black South African in a country where his race comprised of the majority. His status in the population did not reflect the living style that would commonly be associated with someone who would be living in the land of his ancestors. Instead, Themba was constantly on the receiving end of the prejudices, hostility, and control [by] the White people of South Africa, directed towards the Blacks in that country. He did not remain silent, though. Themba educated the next generation of his…

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The two authoritative sources that I have just given do not make competence or integrity of relatives an exception to the definition. Therefore, those who are saying that the appointment of relatives who are competent and have integrity falls outside the definition of nepotism are wrong. Unless they write their own dictionaries, they have to accept the current definition of nepotism. Except for monarchies, like Kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere, especially in democratic countries such as ours. Nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power. It provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives of public officials. It deprives better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment. A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. In an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop so low. Nepotism therefore is a dangerous and very serious corrupt practice because it has the tendency to promote corruption and mass unemployment. Tributes 

Pan African Nationalist and MOJA Chair Celebrates Natal Day

    Liberia is a democratic state. It is the will of the people that must prevail at all times, not the wishes of an individual.—Tiawon Saye Gongloe,—   Progressive icon and Chair of the Movement for Justice in Africa [MOJA], Cllr. Tiawon Saye Gongloe turns 60 today. The astute lawyer who is also Liberia National Bar Association president was a student activist in the late 1970s and was imprisoned and beaten for speaking out against the government of then-president William Tolbert, and later for speaking out against President Charles…

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Fellow cpmrades and the progressive class, "We can't be taking pleasure from the poverty-stricken condition and abject misery of our people then we say the struggle must end. We can't be in haste to get rich and pretend that the struggle is coming to an end. On our side, the struggle is just beginning" —Prof. Alaric Tokpa. Tributes 

Sixty-one Years at the Barricades in the People’s Struggle

  —A Tribute to Pan African Progressive Struggle icon and 1979 “Rice and Rights” Riot Hero Prof. Alaric Tokpa!   By: Mustapha N. Kanneh (Ataturk) April 14, 1979 change the course of the Liberian political history forever and produced it villains (those from the oligarchy who arrested, wounded and murdered Liberians for standing up for their rights) and heroes (those who march with our people into history to defeat the system that oppressed them). One of its foremost heroes is Prof. Alaric Tokpa, a fearless and decent Liberian revolutionary icon,…

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Making sure that the rule of law is upheld and Taylor brought to justice for his heinous crimes, sadly not for Liberia, but Sierra Leone, James Verdier worked pro bono to helped indict the war criminal, currently incarcerated in England. His commitment to the welfare of the Liberian people has always been paramount and this character has been impeccable. Observers say as Liberia looks to buried it past and move away from leaders who are so easily consumed by power, as they quickly forsake the national interest for personal aggrandizement, Jerome Verdier are those kinds that Liberia needs, as is indicative in the TRC report which he released with his fellow commissioners. Tributes 

Jerome Verdier: Profile In Courage, Former Chair TRC

    Early in 2006, just after being inaugurated as Africa and Liberia’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf move swiftly and settled on a very unfamiliar name to head the much heralded Truth and Reconciliation Commission, his name was Jerome Verdier. It wasn’t that Verdier wasn’t known within the country, but he had not that international name, stature and recognition—but the work he did for the Liberian people and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as head, in essence, would soon catapult him on the world stage and bring him…

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The military officer who replaced Pres. Tolbert, Sergeant Samuel K. Doe, would have been the last man MOJA would have ever thought of as a Presidential material to rule Liberia, for all the reasons that everybody already knows. I once met Pres. Tolbert, as part of a delegation comprising of Dr. Tipoteh, Dr. Sawyer, and Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman, I was privileged to attend a meeting with President Tolbert in his office in 1978. He had invited us after being told that we, SUSUKUU, were training guerrilla forces in the Putu Forest of Grand Gedeh County to overthrow the government. Instead, we had an agricultural project in Putu. Many years later, everybody now admits that Dr. Tolbert was one the best Presidents of Liberia. But what they do not add is the fact that President Tolbert was also one of the most educated, if not the most educated, President, of Liberia. And the example of Tolbert convincingly proves that to be a successful President of Liberia, one does certainly require a higher and formal education. Higher education gives a leader higher vision for his country and leadership. Tributes 


  By  Emmanuel Saingbe   William Richard Tolbert was born on May 13, 1913 and brutally assassinated on April 12, 1980 by elements of the Armed Forces of Liberia, AFL, during a successful Coup d’etat. But from all indications, Tolbert was a successful man, except that his successful story did not end successfully; rather, it ended tragically due to the convergence of factors some of which were not actually beyond his control, only that he was not a decisive leader. In 1971 when President Tubman died in a London Clinic,…

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In 1974, she was imprisoned for six months for violating her banning order by lunching with her two children and another banned person. The government was relentlessly sadistic. In 1975, after 13 years of banning, there were 10 months of "freedom", but then came five more months of prison. In 1977, she was banned again for give years, and in 1982 for another five years. In 1986, Winnie Mandela was released at last. For the first time in a quarter of a century, she was as free as a Black person ever gets in South Africa. Artists & Reviews News Tributes 

The Complicated Legacy of Winnie Mandela

When Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died from illness at age 81 on Monday, she left behind a fraught legacy. The woman who gained fame as Nelson Mandela’s wife earned her place by her own right as a leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, an aggressive and outspoken champion of poor blacks in the country under the repressive hand of the white minority government. But she also gained notoriety for episodes of corruption and, more notably, her behind-the-scene role in violence that terrorized her own community and left her fending off…

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  April 4th 1939—January 23, 2018 Hugh Masekela, a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice who remains deeply connected at home, while his international career sparkles. He was born in the town of Witbank, South Africa in 1939. At the age of 14, the deeply respected advocator of equal rights in South Africa, Father Trevor Huddleston, provided Masekela with a trumpet and, soon after, the Huddleston Jazz Band was formed. Masekela began to hone his, now signature, Afro-Jazz sound in the late 1950s during a period…

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Sobukwe: The president South Africa never had

Round about this time 93 years ago, on 5 December 1924 to be precise, greatness was born out of the savage oppression of the Africans and out of that oppression it grew like a giant. Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe was one of the greatest leaders that the black race ever produced, especially considering the conditions and circumstances of his time. Like any other great fellow before him, he is simply known, in history, as Sobukwe The Great. As a president of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), he left a…

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