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Nr. 00265- 9th Jan. 2024 – Weekly Newspaper devoted to Science & Technology in Africa ** Pour la promotion de l'esprit scientifique en Afrique

A new petition against the concept behind the “Celebration of Black History”

Ladies and Gentlemen,


I would like to call your attention upon a petition I have recently created on the White House internet portal «We the People». I will be very thankful if you could bring your full support to this initiative which aim is to push forward the historical legacy of people of African descent. Please, add your name to mine.  If this petition gets 100,000 signatures by March 31, 2014, the White House will review it and respond!


« We the People » allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues.  If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.


You can view and sign the petition at the following link:



Here’s some more information about this petition:



African – Americans History month


February of each year is known as the Black History Month (Canada) or African American History Month (United States). Since 1926, February has been chosen as the month for celebration of Black History. I am personally confused when I listen to the expression “Celebration of Black History”. How can black people celebrate the pain that have marked their history over centuries if not millenaries? I am mostly in favour of changing the term to a more appropriate expression such as “Thoughts on Black History”. This expression may appeal everyone on what has happened and what can be done to avoid the shameful behaviour this history teaches us. Also find at this occasion a thought for a better life in this world.

Author: Dr. Adrien DJOMO Kingston University, Ontario- Canada

Source of the image: UNESCO, General History of Africa

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