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CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2008 annual report.For more information about CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) 2008 annual report.Company ProfileCAFCA manufactures and supplies cable and allied products for the transmission and distribution of electrical energy and telecommunication. Its primary market is Southern and Central Africa, although it has an export footprint that extends to parts of Europe, including Russia. The company prides itself in manufacturing over 900 cabling products to British, South African and Zimbabwe quality standards, including 11KV XLPE cables. CAFCA Limited recovers decommissioned cables for recycling; and supplies telecommunication cable ranging from indoor cable to underground cable and aerial self-supporting cable. Established in 1947, CAFCA is a subsidiary of CBi Electric African Cables (South Africa) which is owned by Reunert Limited (South Africa). CAFCA listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange; Johannesburg Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange
Dale Capital Group Limited (DCPL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Dale Capital Group Limited (DCPL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dale Capital Group Limited (DCPL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dale Capital Group Limited (DCPL.mu) 2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileDale Capital Group is a publicly-quoted Private Equity Investment Holding Company, which deals with investment in hotels, leisure and tourism, property, Information Technology, food and security, fine food and beverages, banking and financial services, agriculture, aquaculture, aviation, mining and resources, renewable energy, African infrastructure, secured lending, non-durable goods distribution, lodging, and financial and fiduciary services sectors. The company is particularly interested in investments within the Sub-Saharan Africa Region, though the company is headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius with additional offices in Cape Town, South Africa. Dale Capital Group is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) 2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileOK Zimbabwe Limited is a leading retail group in Zimbabwe with a product range that extends from groceries and houseware products to clothing and textiles. The inaugural branch was opened in Harare (then Salisbury) in 1942 and today, is one of the most recognised supermarket brands in Zimbabwe. The company trades under various branded store names, including OK stores, Bon Marché and OKMart. OK Zimbabwe sells products in its grocery range under its own home brand; OK Pot ‘O Gold, OK Value, Shoppers’ Choice and Bon Marché Premier Choice labels. OK Zimbabwe Limited operates approximately 61 retail outlets throughout Zimbabwe and owns subsidiaries that complement its diverse product offering; Eriswell (Private) Limited, Swan Technologies (Private) Limited and Winterwest (Private) Limited. OK Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
Ireland Blyth Limited (IBL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Ireland Blyth Limited (IBL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ireland Blyth Limited (IBL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ireland Blyth Limited (IBL.mu) 2019 abridged results.Company ProfileIreland Blyth Limited is a company based in Mauritius and operates as a subsidiary of Compagnie d’Investissement et de Développement Limitée, since its acquisition in 2016. The company has running activities in the sectors of commerce, engineering, financial services, logistics, aviation, shipping, retail, and seafood and marine where services in the distribution and marketing of products such as frozen foods, pharmaceuticals and wellness products, and medical equipment, as well as offers warehousing and logistics support services are provided. Ireland Blyth Limited also supplies industrial chemicals and equipment, as well as engages in crop protection, agriculture, and irrigation systems, the sale of construction and material handling equipment. The company also provides solutions for electrical installations, refrigeration equipment, power management systems, construction tools, abrasives, and building materials, as well as provides mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fit out solutions. Ireland Blyth Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
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Comments (9) susan zimmerman says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The 16th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council began April 8 in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] The Anglican Consultative Council members beginning their April 8-19 meeting here committed to working with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the primates in the aftermath of the latter’s gathering during which they called for consequences for the Episcopal Church.However, it was at least initially unclear exactly what that commitment entails or if all of the ACC members understand it in the same way.Welby reported to the ACC members April 8 on the primates’ gathering, saying, “It is both my and the primates’ desire, hope and prayer that the ACC should also share in working through the consequences of our impaired relationships.”The confusion came later when, following table discussions among the members, ACC vice chair Elizabeth Paver told the group that Welby did pose a “direct request from the primates to us.”Anglican Consultative Council vice president Elizabeth Paver from the Church of England told a news conference April 8 that she had asked ACC members to commit “individually and collectively to work for the flourishing of all parts of the communion.” Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceTherefore, she said, the leaders of the ACC “ask you, really, are you individually and collectively willing to work together for mutual flourishing and in relationships?”“We decided that votes are … just divisive but we would like in Christian love and friendship in our Anglican way just to be able to say to our archbishop and affirm our beliefs as a body to work together with our primates on these difficult issues,” she continued. “If that be your will, would you just affirm it in an applause; if it is not, don’t.”Scattered applause followed but not all members participated.At a post-session news conference, held in the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross where the ACC is meeting, Paver was asked to clarify the intent of her question and what she saw as its practical implications.The question she put to the ACC members, she said, was whether they were “willing individually and collectively to work for the flourishing of all parts of the communion, particularly in relational terms, that we walk alongside each other and we affirm each other.“And if the primates, who are our spiritual leaders, are prepared to do that through their difficulties, we wished just to give the members of the ACC an opportunity to say they too will put their efforts, their energies and their prayers and hopes in that, so this communion can stay together and flourish in all parts of the world.”A majority of the leaders of the communion’s 38 provinces – known as primates – during their January gathering called for three years of “consequences” for the Episcopal Church in response to the 78th General Convention’s decision to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples (Resolution A054).The primates said that they were “requiring” that for those three years the Episcopal Church not serve on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee, and “that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision-making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.”Welby, who spoke for 30 minutes, said that he had already acted where he has responsibility and ability to act. He has appointed the task group asked for by the primates to maintain conversation among themselves with the aim of restoring relationships and trust. That group, he said, has a “very wide” representation from across the communion of male and female laity and clergy.The communion’s Standing Committee, which met in Lusaka April 6-7, said in a report to the ACC that it welcomed the task group. The members also “affirmed the relational links between the Instruments of Communion in which each Instrument, including the Anglican Consultative Council, forms its own views and has its own responsibilities.”Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby April 8 reports to the Anglican Consultative Council about the January meeting of the communion’s leaders – known as primates – during which those leaders called for consequences on the Episcopal Church for its decision to allow same-sex marriage. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceWelby made no specific mention of his recent removal, as part of the consequences, of the two Episcopalians who had been serving on two ecumenical bodies. The Rev. Amy Richter had been serving on the International Reformed-Anglican Dialogue and the Rev. Katherine Grieb was a member of the communion’s Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order.After Welby’s report, ACC members had a chance to ask clarifying questions. The only member who spoke was Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak. He did not ask a question but instead spoke about his experience of the primates’ gathering, saying that “the spirit of God was in the room.“The ACC have to support the initiative already led by the Archbishop of Canterbury that managed to bring the primates together and make one statement,” he said, adding that the ACC ought to adopt the primates’ actions “to keep the church of God together.”The Episcopal Church’s three members are Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, whose term will end after this meeting; House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, attending her second meeting, and Diocese of the Virgin Islands Deputy Rosalie Ballentine, who was elected in June 2013 and thus attending her first meeting. Douglas is also finishing a term on the communion’s Standing Committee.“Our province is a member [of the ACC] and so therefore it’s our responsibility to attend and participate as representatives from a member province,” Jennings said prior to the meeting’s start. “As a member of the Anglican Consultative Council, I am bound to follow the constitution.”When, on April 8, ACC chair and retired Malawi Bishop James Tengatenga summarized the responsibilities of ACC members, the vast majority of whom are new to their role, he reminded them that the constitution requires their attendance at each meeting. Tengatenga had said earlier this year that the Episcopal Church members had the “right and responsibility” to attend the meeting and to vote.However, a group of Episcopal bishops and priests known as the Communion Partners recently called on the church’s ACC members to voluntarily comply with the primates’ consequences.Welby noted in his report to the ACC that the primates have “no legal authority over provinces” and that no one Instrument of Communion can make another instrument do or not do something.The Anglican Communion exists when the relationships at all levels within it allow for mutual discernment and interdependence, he said.The last ACC meeting received a 56-page report (beginning on page 33 here) about the relationships between the Instruments of Communion.In a letter dated March 16, Welby told the 38 primates that “the decisions we took in January can only have effect if they gain general ownership in the Communion, taking in laity, priests and bishops.”Forming the ACC-16 communityThe first three days of the ACC’s meeting are titled “establishing the ACC Community,” but the community is lacking some of its members.Four provincial leaders – Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, Nigerian Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Kenyan Archbishop Eliud Wabukala and Rwandan Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje – have all said that their provinces will not send their ACC members to the meeting. (Ntagali’s statement is here, Okoh’s is here and Wabukala’s is here. Rwaje did not issue a statement about his decision.)However, Kenya’s three ACC members have come to the meeting. Wabukala acknowledged that decision on April 6, claiming that those three members had “been encouraged to disregard my spiritual counsel and attend this meeting.”“It seems that the rejection of the moral and spiritual authority of the Primates by the ACC Chairman, without public rebuke from the Archbishop of Canterbury, has become infectious and is encouraging further breakdown of godly order in the Communion,” he said in part.In addition, Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis from Jerusalem and the Middle East, who is also a Standing Committee member, has refused to attend. He recently said he would not attend the ACC meeting or the April 6-7 Standing Committee meeting here because of what he saw as the Episcopal Church’s “disregard” of the primates’ “consequences.” Saying he “did not mind” that the Episcopal Church would attend the ACC meeting, he implied, without naming Connecticut’s Douglas, the Episcopal Church was not honoring the intent of the primates’ “consequences” which said no Episcopalian should be “appointed or elected” to any of the communion’s internal standing committee. The ACC elected Douglas in 2009 to be one of its representatives on the Standing Committee.Ntagali, Okoh and Wabukala cited in part the Episcopal Church ACC members’ plans to participate fully in the Lusaka meeting and Tengatenga’s statement about their right to do so.While some Anglican Communion-watching blogs have reported that Welby’s March 16 letter asked all 38 primates to attend the meeting, he did not actually make that appeal. Rather the archbishop wrote that that it is his hope and prayer that “every province that is able will be represented in Lusaka.”Normally, primates attend ACC meetings only if they are on the Standing Committee. Then-Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori attended in 2009 and 2012 in that capacity. West Indies Archbishop John Holder has been elected by his colleagues to succeed her and represent the Americas and the Caribbean. In addition to Anis, Archbishops Richard Clarke from Ireland, Philip Freier of Australia and Thabo Makgoba of Southern Africa are the other primatial members.Thus, Presiding Bishop Curry is not at the meeting because he is not one of the church’s three ACC members, nor is he on the Standing Committee.At this meeting, a few primates, such as Deng and Hong Kong Archbishop Paul Kwong are attending as provincial ACC members.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Tags Jeff Lovell says: David Allen says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York ACC16, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN susan zimmerman says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA April 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm I think this pretty much sums it all up: “Welby noted in his report to the ACC that the primates have “no legal authority over provinces” and that no one Instrument of Communion can make another instrument do or not do something.” And, since when are the regional archbishops (Presiding Bishops) called “primates?” What a terrible, inappropriate title for a servant leader of the worldwide Anglican Church! It’s time to stop pretending to be what we are not. Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Albany, NY Brian K. Tench says: Anglican Consultative Council, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments are closed. Rector Belleville, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Primates Meeting 2016 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Primates Meeting, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA susan zimmerman says: Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Featured Events J. Coder says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cynthia Katsarelis says: Rector Smithfield, NC Anglican Consultative Council begins with discussion of ‘consequences’ Episcopal Church’s three members present for 16th ACC gathering in Africa Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel April 9, 2016 at 1:09 pm Once you delete the American Wordphobics they will not care…they are/will delete all homophobics…your actions will allow the Wordphobics to dump the Scripture (and they cant wait!) …why dont we follow the Protestant way and remember that each person is responsible for their ‘own’ sins…try to embrace/respect (not tolerate) all people…The Catholic side of the faith must remember that we’re responsible as individuals…within the community…in PECUSA the individual is primary… This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 April 8, 2016 at 4:16 pm I find the effort by Elizabeth Pavers, as reported, to be as clear as mud. Surely there’s no one in the room who doesn’t want every part of the communion to flourish. The issue is whether “flourishing” means respecting difference or allowing any group to exercise power over another province. It doesn’t help that she showed her bias, calling the primates our spiritual leaders and noting they’ve made a request. In TEC, we elect our spiritual leader. We don’t elect the ABC or the primates of other provinces, so it is not correct to collectively call all the primates our spiritual leaders. This is yet another example of overreach and does not build trust or confidence for walking together with difference. The Anglican Covenant failed, it appears that the ABC and Ms. Paver are not living in that reality. It’s frustrating. There is a lot of pain in this world, and a lot of work to do to heal it. Could we not get the English to stop acting colonial, stop trying to force a square peg into a round hole, and get on with the Jesus Movement? Acts of love, kindness, healing, justice, and peace don’t have to stop while the ACC figures out that TEC is not going backwards on love, kindness, healing, and justice for LGBTQI people. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA April 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm I concur with Jeff Lovell. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC April 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm I came away with a different take on Ms Pavers weak attempt. I think that this was a typical softly, softly approach used by many English so as not to upset anyone, that, and their bassackwards approach to asking questions and explaining things. I think it went over like a lead balloon perhaps because most folks were as confused by her statement & question as we are. Submit a Job Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA April 9, 2016 at 11:44 am Any discussion of “consequences” for the Episcopal Church for embracing its gay and lesbian brothers and sisters is absurd. The Episcopal Church should consider voluntarily withdrawing from the communion, perhaps under a resolution for guidance on separation of same sex couples, until the communion, as a whole, comes to its senses. By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Apr 8, 2016 April 10, 2016 at 1:51 pm It’s been quite a long time since I read something from the ENS.My congratulations to Ms. Schjonberg on writing a piece that achieves equanimity to a much greater extent than was the tendency years ago. It’s possible even for the ENS to write reliable news stories, and I am glad that this one is so much better than before. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Anglican Communion, Rev. Dr. John T. Sorensen says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate Diocese of Nebraska April 9, 2016 at 1:19 pm I agree regarding this absurdity..ethicists do not rank the ethics of consequential-ism or ethics as responsibility very high on their lists (mainly for uneducated middle and lower classes)Consider ‘ethics’ as eschatology, which is a system to base all ‘moral’ actions Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR April 9, 2016 at 1:41 pm ,…re the Jesus Movement…Jesus is in Heaven!…we’re in the time of the Holy Spirit (She)!…Jewish Jesus didn’t resend himself..rather he resent רוה the Spirit they had been waiting on since ‘their’ breaking of ‘their’ covenant!
About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. New guide to defending local grants in the recession AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Local Grants Forum, a partnership of national organisations which campaign to protect grants for local third sector organisations and community groups, has published a guide to show them how they can defend the local grants still available to them.The amount of grant funding made available by local authorities has fallen since 2001 and the economic recession threatens to exacerbate this problem. Already in Gloucester and Hastings, the local authority has proposed cuts to the local third sector.‘Defending Local Grants’ is designed to help local groups convince councillors, commissioning officers and procurement professionals that grants should continue to be used to fund local organisations and groups.It wiill enable local groups to quote government ./guidance which supports use of grants; challenge the myth that grants are no longer possible because of competition law and European regulations; and explain what grants can achieve for local communities that contracts cannot.Kevin Curley, Chief Executive of NAVCA and a member of the Local Grants Forum said: “Research from the Finance Hub last year showed that local authority grant funding fell by 13% in just three years.“With an economic recession and tighter budgets we are worried that grant funding will suffer even more as local authorities make budget cuts, even though grant funding is vital to many of the groups that support communities who suffer most in a downturn. This includes groups providing debt advice, credit unions and organisations that help get people get back into employment.“That’s why the Local Grants Forum has produced this guide now. We want to equip local groups with the resources and evidence they need to argue the case for grant funding. Local grants are vital for a healthy third sector and we must defend them.”The four-page document can be downloaded at no charge as a 2.3Mb PDF.www.navca.org.uk/publications/defendinggrants/Home.htm Tagged with: Funding Law / policy recession Howard Lake | 26 January 2009 | News 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Sheep’s head, Kermit & prosthetic leg among weirdest items donated to charity A sheep’s head takes first place in the top ten oddest items donated to UK charity shops as revealed by Charities Aid Foundation this week.Charities including Oxfam, Guide Dogs For The Blind and Cancer Research UK submitted items for inclusion. The donations have either been left at charity shops or bequeathed as legacies. One of the most unusual items donated via a CAF charitable account was a Central London townhouse.Items donated to different charities include a Doulton Faience ceramic vase, which was spotted by valuers working for Oxfam. Known as a moon flask because of its shape it was given to one of the charity’s high street shops. The piece, which was dated circa 1890, sold for £2,400 at auction in June 2016.The top ten, and the charity each item was donated to are as follows:1. A sheep’s head (Sue Ryder)2. A prosthetic leg (Emmaus)3. A ventriloquist dummy (British Heart Foundation) About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 154 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis22 Melanie May | 23 December 2016 | News Joanna Walker, head of private clients at CAF said:“People think about giving money, but it is fascinating to see all the surprising and strange items which have been donated to charities either via charity shops or bequeathed as legacies.“Works of art and property can be hugely valuable to charities and provide enormous support for their work. The popularity of vintage chic means that one person’s junk may be a charity’s treasure and can be used again to provide vital resources for the causes we care about.” 153 total views, 1 views today 4. A Victoria Cross Medal (CAF)5. Property (ranging from a townhouse in Central London to rural chocolate box cottages)6. A moon flask (Oxfam)7. A pair of canaries (Cancer Research UK)8. A live ferret (Blue Cross For Pets)9. A wedding dress used in an episode of Coronation Street (Guide Dogs For The Blind)10. A Kermit The Frog puppet from the 1970s AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis22 Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Donated goods Advertisement
Black History Month began as a weeklong celebration, proposed by Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) in 1926 to honor, in his words, the contributions, achievements and vibrant history of Negroes in the U.S. and the world. He believed Black people needed to demonstrate that they had a past, present and future.Woodson, an author, historian and early scholar studying African-American history, wrote “The Mis-Education of the Negro.” He was also known as “the father of Black history.” Woodson chose the month of February because of the birth dates of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.W.E.B. Du Bois (left), Nina Du Bois and James Weldon Johnson were key organizers of the 1917 march in Harlem, N.Y., against ongoing violence aimed at Black people, including the East St. Louis Race Riots, where white mobs claimed the lives of up to 250 African Americans and left nearly 6,000 fleeing from burning homes.The observance of Black history evolved from a week into Black History Month. This came about as a result of African Americans continuing to organize and struggle for racial justice and equality. Black people had been celebrating Black historical accomplishments and wanted official recognition.Under sustained pressure, fifty years later in 1976, at the height of the Black Power Movement, President Gerald Ford made Black History Month official, coincidentally or not, during the 200th anniversary of the American Revolutionary War.Government recognition of Black History Month also served the interests of the capitalist ruling class. Capitalism co-opts observances to its own end, whenever suitable. Many Black people were thus uplifted to a national height, but only because their legacies could serve the continuation of elitist politics.The official telling of Black history tends to be watered down and controlled. On the surface, Black History Month is a sound way to remember and celebrate the forebears of the struggle for mass liberation. But the ruling class, along with its political allies, promotes a contrived account of Black resistance that obscures the more militant histories and achievements of Black Americans. The Civil Rights Movement’s history is thereby diminished and legacies of racial injustices omitted.Celebrations in the U.S. don’t tend to affirm people whose histories are challenging. For the most part, celebratory aspects of Black History Month are reserved for figures whose history doesn’t upset the status quo. Selective retelling of Black history plays into the hands of the oppressor’s socioeconomic and political systems upon which it is based. This ignores and leaves out the radical foundations of those it claims to represent. Radical and revolutionary Black figures and agents of change are generally overlooked or diminished. Civil Rights leader W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963) focused on racial uplifting, economic strength and self-sufficiency for African Americans during the early 1900s. A sociologist, historian and author, DuBois was also a Pan-Africanist and co-founder of the NAACP. He wrote the groundbreaking “Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880” and “The Souls of Black Folks.” But what’s ignored are his socialist politics and Communist Party USA membership, as well as his renouncing U.S. citizenship and self-exile to Ghana.The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is spotlighted, but not his more radical “Beyond Vietnam” speech. Rosa Parks did not just refuse to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. — the full scope of her political life included fighting for global justice, especially during the U.S. war on Vietnam, along with fighting for racial, criminal and economic justice in the U.S.Rosa Parks being booked into the Montgomery, Ala., jail for defiantly breaking segregation laws on a city bus Dec. 1, 1955.The more militant histories of Black resistance and the achievements of African Americans like Malcolm X, Mabel and Robert Williams, the Black Panthers and the Deacons of Defense are also obscured by the ruling class and their political allies. These stories have been deliberately erased or co-opted when teaching U.S. history.Defend Black history and Black struggleThe merits of Black History Month continue to be debated in the U.S. One contention places the observance as being the opposite of so-called “American values” for focusing on a specific racial group. It insists the U.S. is a “color-blind” society. Profane attacks on Black history deny past and present achievements, against all odds, of African-descendant trailblazers in the U.S. and elsewhere.Another telling of Black history defends and speaks to the necessity of the observance due to the historical and current oppression of African Americans. Unique to the African-American experience are the nearly two-and-a-half centuries of being enslaved, followed by the legal practice of segregation and racial discrimination against Black people from 1880 to 1965, forbidding them to be in “white-only” spaces, in the South and the North, which also provided justification for killing Black people.There’s a saying that since Black History Month is commemorated in February, it can be deduced that white history “month” expands to the rest of the year.Movements aimed at transforming the social order have to continue to do so. It’s only when the basis of society is drastically altered that these differing histories can supersede current principles and policies. Until that time, Black History Month must exist and be defended –- not only from flagrant racist and right-wing attacks -– but also from liberals who view tokenism and Black tolerance as the only appropriate ways of representing and remembering the Black past.Truthful U.S. history reveals the great impact that Black Americans have had since colonial times. But this legacy must not and cannot be understood in ways that strengthen a dominant white view of the world, shown and seen mainly through that lens.The elite appropriate and rewrite history in order to quiet dissent. The more unsavory forces of racist and reactionary politics distort and attempt to do away with the history altogether. Black history will be synonymous with U.S. history only when there’s a solution to the “race” question. But this is way off into the future — and not possible yet due to existing socioeconomic, political and cultural realities.Black History Month must be supported and widened, and not just in February. There’s need for continued advocacy directed at understanding Black history on more radical grounds, along with wider social movements aimed at overthrowing the status quo. Black History Month won’t be necessary when the long-existing racist environment is eliminated.Revisionist history erases and whitewashes Black history, but nevertheless that history has been and will ultimately be passed down through generations. Black people must continue to affirm their humanity, while refuting racist stories. Telling full, real and authentic stories helps fill the void left by incomplete textbooks. The U.S. needs to come to terms with its true past. The country has not fulfilled the promises that it says it is most proud of. Black history must be fought for — and against those who seek to eliminate it through opportunistic appropriation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this