What is Black History Month?

It’s February 1, 2018, the beginning of Black History Month. This is an opportunity to find out more about black history. This month, FTL will delve into our history before slavery by encouraging readers to share links or stories.

At a time when black lives are under attack, it’s imperative we come together and understand who we are.

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What is Black History Month?

The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Black History Month grew out of Carter G. Woodson “Negro History Week,”

 in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”[1] This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.[1]

Since 1976,  the month of February has been officially designated Black History Month by every US President.   Other countries including Canada and the UK also celebrate a month of Black history
What is Black History Month?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month

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When We Are Less Than Human

When We Are Less Than Human

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http://www.colorszine.com/2014_04/When-We-Are-Less-than-Human.html

When We Are Less Than Human

“Memories of death do not just disappear. If it is not what one went through, it’s about the loss of the loved ones. It is about dehumanisation, discrimination, torture and emptiness. Survivors remember times they hated who they were because their rights were denied, including their most precious…

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When We Are Less Than Human

http://www.colorszine.com/2014_04/When-We-Are-Less-than-Human.html

When We Are Less Than Human

“Memories of death do not just disappear. If it is not what one went through, it’s about the loss of the loved ones. It is about dehumanisation, discrimination, torture and emptiness. Survivors remember times they hated who they were because their rights were denied, including their most precious right: Life. To survive genocide is to live with a perpetual wound, suffering and trauma.”

The above are the words of Tom Ndahiro, who 20 years after still shivers at the memories of 1994, the year when the genocide happened, becoming a major turning point in Rwanda’s history. The genocide, a hate crime of absurd proportions, was unprecedented in both the scale and the cruelty with which it was carried out: over one million people butchered in a space of only 100 days.

Hate Crimes, as old as Humanity itself

Hate crimes are criminal acts –such as vandalism, arson, assault, or murder– committed against someone because of his or her race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, age, or gender. In a hate crime, the person is selected because of a characteristic that he or she cannot change.

The origin of hate crimes dates back to ancient civilizations. One of the earliest examples is from the Roman Empire, which was well known for persecuting various religious groups.

Some examples of hate crime have been so tremendous that they have affected the entire world. One of the most notable is the Nazi’s persecution of the Jewish people, better known as the Holocaust. In more recent years, the act of genocide, or attempting to obliterate an entire ethnic, racial or religious group, has occurred in both Bosnia and Rwanda.

How does genocide happen?

Full Story http://www.colorszine.com/2014_04/When-We-Are-Less-than-Human.html

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Systems that Work: Savings Mother’s Lives in Namibia | McKinsley & Company


This video is leadership in action.   Critical to any successful and lasting change is  getting local people to lead  the  change.   The community owns the system, changes and the solutions.   When local people within communities lead, they learn the power of DOING.

  1. They become vested, committed and accountable.
  2. They become empowered owners of their lives and communities.
  3. They become community leaders by expanding their skill sets.
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Get locals to lead Change

Saving mothers’ lives in Namibia

Up to a half a million women die each year around the world because of complications arising from pregnancy or childbirth. The majority of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Since they are largely preventable, they represent a tragedy playing out every day across the continent. Progress on maternal health there is hampered by health systems that are understaffed, underfunded, and overwhelmed—and thus too fragile and fragmented to deliver the required level or quality of care. Consequently, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa will struggle to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals for reducing child and maternal mortality by 2015.2

Nonetheless, some countries are making headway. Our recent work in Namibia, for example, suggests that coordinated, targeted interventions led by local stakeholders can accelerate improvements in maternal-health outcomes. The key is to work with local health leaders to develop solutions that improve the quality of health care, increase access to it, and promote its early uptake.

The resulting interventions being pursued in Namibia are straightforward and practical—improvements in the training of midwives, cheaper antenatal clinics inspired by the design of shipping containers, operational fixes to reduce ambulance response times and wait times at clinics, a radio talk show to educate patients and stimulate demand—yet are collectively powerful. A closer look at Namibia’s ongoing efforts offers lessons for other countries seeking to improve maternal health, as well as for health programs tackling HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, or other conditions

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Powerful Concept:   Get local people to lead changes in behavior!  Let local communities be the leaders of their destiny not some outsider with knowledge of theories and  little understanding  of local  context. 

Why do African media get Africa wrong? – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Why do African media get Africa wrong? – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

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Why do African media get Africa wrong? – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Why do African media get Africa wrong? – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

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