Message From UNIA & ACL General Counsel
President General Senghor Jawara Baye
Spring is here and our Ancestors are calling us to organize, recognize, and reach out to our African people and provide practical solutions towards Race First unity, self reliance, self determination, nationhood and positive commemorations and celebrations of 100 years of Garveyism Universal PanAfrican Nationalism! Our Ancestors are waiting and watching with us, and guiding us back to the original Black Prints they manifested. We don't have time to be content with apathy nor the food of chickens. Now is the time for tapping and utilizing our own creative genius. Far too many of our youth are dying and crying and need us. Africa is calling and still under the cloak of neocolonialism exploitation.
This Spring and Summer 2014, each of us must go within and reach out to bring in new members and build solid working and reputable relationships with other progressives. HARAMBEE (pulling together).
This Centennial should, can, and must set the stage for 21st century global upliftment towards our traditional greatness. Time for complaining is over, now we can and will do our best for a HAPPY CENTENNIAL! Harlem here we come; Africans here we are; Africa we hear your cries!
Up you mighty race we can accomplish what we will!
One God, One AIM, One Destiny!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Nannie Helen Burroughs Commemoration
3:30pm - 6:00pm
5000 14th Street, NW
Hosted by Arts For Our Children and
iThings 2 Collard Greens Summer Camp For Girls.
I would like to extend a personal invitation for you to join me for the commemoration of Nannie Helen Burroughs on what would be her 135th birthday! Continuing the legacy, works, words, and deeds of a Legend in the DC area and worldwide! Lest We Forget her great contributions to the world.
Bring the youth and family for some great educational, recreational, food and fun.
Free to the Community. Donations appreciated. Prizes for children, games, and positive energy.
Hope to see you and the children!
Memorial Day in this country has traditionally been about honoring this nation’s war dead; we also have picnics, road races and graduations! It was news to me to learn that this Memorial Day Holiday tradition came about back in 1865 after the Civil War and it was created by African Americans. At about this time in history, whites had left the once beautiful port city of Charleston, South Carolina. Back in that time, more than 600,000 people had died in the war. Death was all around as the war was coming to an end: bodies in half-buried coffins and unidentified bones strewn around marked a scale of death that we today do not see during war time. Nowadays, it is not even “politically correct” to view the war dead.
I-Nia (Reginia) Rogers
UNIA & ACL General Counsel
Centennial Planning Committee Chair
These Brothers and Sisters, remembering their African culture and tradition and recognizing the dignity of honoring the dead, decided to create a series of commemorations for the dead. They learned of a mass grave where at least 257 soldiers were buried; they re-buried them, created a proper cemetery and built an archway with words of praise inscribed on it. Thereafter, they staged a huge parade of about 10,000 people, led by 3,000 Black children carrying armfuls of roses. Thus, the celebration called “Decoration Day” or Memorial Day as we most commonly call it was started.
We the African Race have numerous ancestors who have fought the war for equality and freedom and for a return to our native state and native homeland. These ancestors are our “war he-roes and she-roes.” They deserve our praise and decoration and they deserve to be memorialized in all of our activities and in everything that we do on a daily basis! A specific and detailed list of all of the ancestors who deserve such honor and praise would exceed the length of this writing. There are hundreds of thousands of those ancestors – including all of those in our families!
We of the UNIA-ACL regularly memorialize the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey and the men and women who with him in 1914 through his death fought the war to create and sustain the UNIA-ACL. But for their valiant struggles, creativity, consistency and tenacity, we in this Centennial year of 2014 would not have the opportunity to celebrate the 100 years that are a part of this history!
May 7, 2014 marks the 100th day before the start of the Centennial Celebrations that we in the UNIA-ACL will be having. This would be a perfect time to spiritually prepare ourselves for the upcoming Centennial Celebrations starting August 14th and continuing through August 17th 2014 in Harlem, New York. We could begin our spiritual celebrations on May 7, 2014 and on that day, start to encourage and call upon all of those wondrous ancestors that we have, asking them to join us. We urge you all to begin on that day and everyday thereafter and invoke our ancestors, ask them to join us, thank them for their previous contributions and blessings and ask for their continued blessings. Call upon them and pay homage to them with the pouring of libation.
Mr. Garvey has provided guidance for us; he gave us a process with words that we should follow. He said:
Look for me in the whirlwind or the
storm; look for me all around you, for
with God’s grace, I shall come and bring
with me countless millions of black slaves
who have died in America and the
West Indies and the millions in Africa to
aid you in the fight for Liberty,
Freedom and Life.
We expect Mr. Garvey to join us during these celebrations! And, we expect that he will bring with him the countless millions that he promised. This will be a wondrous celebration – a time to drink in the spirits of our ancestors, our elders, our comrades and all African people. The question is: Will you be there?! Will you be able to say that you participated in this historic event and that you were witness to the countless millions?! I certainly hope so!
I invite you to mark your calendars now and plan to join us!
Ashe. Ashe. Ashe – O!
One GOD One Aim One Destiny
Sifa Zote Zinde Kwa Mungu
Sifa Zote Zinde Kwa Mungu Maisha Wa Afrika
Sifa Zote Zinde Kwa Mungu Taifa Wa Afrika
Sifa Ote Ina Maba Weusi
All Praises due to the Creator
All Praises due to the Afrikan Life
All Praises due to the Afrikan Nation
All Praises due to the Afrikan Ancestors
Afrika for the Afrikans! Those at home and those abroad!
As we celebrate the Centennial of the UNIA-ACL, it is a time period of meditation, dedication and celebration – a time to educate, agitate and organize our people. In the spirit of Afrikan Fundamentalism, it is a time of remembrance of all the ancestors of Universal Negro Improvement Association, our heroes and heroines, who died fighting to salvage a universally oppressed race, Marcus Garvey said; “We are bound to win black men and women, are bound to go forward; nothing can stop them but death and themselves.”
We memorialize the Uniformed Auxiliaries of the Universal Afrikan Legions, the Universal Afrikan Black Cross Nurses and the Universal Motor Corps for their loyalty and devotion to the Government of the UNIA/ACL of the world so the next generation might know them. The children yet unborn shall rise up and tell stories of them to their children, singing songs, praising their work with poetic works. We honor their examples of the Afrikan Queen and Afrikan Kinghood. If you make an observation you and we as a people have an obligation to do the work for self determination and nationhood. Our ancestors took slavery, torture, murder and rape personal enough to build a Government for us. We must honor their work by completing the JOB. The record will show that the Government of the UNIA-ACL was and is responsible for many social, economic and political changes in the world yesterday and today.
A Love Supreme John Coltrane said, “Once you become aware of this force for unity in life, you can’t ever forget it. It becomes part of everything you do.” We honor the memory of our uniformed auxiliaries, the Universal Afrikan Legions, the Universal Afrikan Black Cross Nurses and the Universal Motor Corps. We honor the memory of our Grandfathers, Fathers, Grandmothers, Mothers, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers and Sisters.
I am because you are and because you are, therefore I am.
In each of us an Afrikan mind is the basis for creating anything Afrikan. Nothing Afrikan is created without an Afrikan mind which is Creative.
Commentary by Sababu Nkrumah,
Chief of Protocol
HAPPY 135th BIRTHDAY TO
NANNIE HELEN BURROUGHS!
Nannie Helen Burroughs was born in Orange, Virginia on May 2, 1879 to parents John and Jennie Burroughs. Young Burroughs attended school in Washington, D.C. and then moved to Kentucky where she attended Eckstein-Norton University and eventually received an honorary M.A. degree in 1907. Despite the absence of a college degree, Burroughs sought a teaching position in Washington, D.C. When she did not receive it, she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and became associate editor of The Christian Banner, a Baptist newspaper. Burroughs returned to Washington, D.C. where, despite receiving a high rating on the civil service exam, she was refused a position in the public school system. Burroughs took a series of temporary jobs including office building janitor and bookkeeper for a small manufacturing firm, hoping to eventually become a teacher in Washington, D.C. She then accepted a position in Louisville as secretary of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention. In 1907 Burroughs, supported by the National Baptist Convention, began planning the National Trade and Professional School for Women and Girls in Washington, D.C. The school opened in 1909 with 26-year-old Burroughs as its first president. Burroughs adopted the motto “We specialize in the wholly impossible” for the school, which taught courses on the high school and junior college level. She led her small faculty in training students through a curriculum that emphasized both vocational and professional skills. Her students were to become self-sufficient wage earners and “expert homemakers.” Unlike most of her contemporaries, Burroughs believed that industrial and classical education were compatible. She also became an early advocate of African American history, requiring each of her students to pass that course before graduation. Burroughs was a demanding principal. According to observers, she was such a purist that she was physically pained when she encountered grammatical errors made by her students. Nannie Helen Burroughs never married. She devoted her life to the National Trade and Professional School for Women and Girls and remained its principal until her death in 1961. Three years later the institution she founded was renamed the Nannie Burroughs School.
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