“… death is always with us and what matters is not to know whether we can escape it but whether we have achieved the maximum for the ideas we have made our own… We are nothing on Earth if we are not in the first place the slaves of a cause, the cause of the peoples, the cause of justice and liberty.”
Frantz Fanon, quoted in “Frantz Fanon (1925 – 1961),” Teodros Kiros, A Companion to African Philosophy, 217
There resided here for some time an African called Antonius Wilhelmus Amo who belonged in the household of his Royal Highness. As he had before then thoroughly mastered the Latin language, he very diligently and with great success studied here in the School of private law. As a result, he became most accomplished in that field. With the knowledge and consent of his patrons, who had maintained him up till that time, he registered with Dean von Ludewig to give a public defense of dissertation under him. To make the argument of the dissertation appropriate to his status and circumstance, they approved for him the them “De Jure Maurorum in Europa”: in other words, on the rights of Black Africans in Europe. In it, not only has he shown, basing himself upon Law and History, that African kings were once vassal to the Roman Emperor, and that every one of them had an imperial patent, which Justinian, too, had granted, but he especially also examined the question to what extent the freedom of service of Africans in Europe, who had been purchased by Christians, accorded with laws commonly accepted at that time. – Notice of Amo’s Dissertation, University journal at Halle. Source: “Anton Wilhelm Amo,” William E. Abraham, A Companion to African Philosophy, p. 192.
Took a break, but I’m back! Y’all know I couldn’t stay away too long. Take it in, take it in. Dr. Martin Luther King coming through with some Principles for Life. If you follow these alone, you will be Gucci.
T. M. G.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
One of my mom’s favourite quotes growing up was “Chinua Achebe things fall apart” (#InThatOrder, lol). She read the book in school, and I guess it stuck. It was lying around the house, and one day I decided to see what all the fuss was about. A great read! No wonder it stayed with her all those years. The description of the book off Google Books is as follows:
Don’t let anybody make you think God chose America as his divine, Messianic force to be. The policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgement, and it seems that I can hear God saying to America: “You are too arrogant! If you do not change your ways, I will rise up, and break the backbone of your power. And place it in the hands of a nation, that doesn’t even know my name.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Why I am opposed to Vietnam”