Pan-Africanism: The 50 years that Unite Us

As I sat down to catch up on news, it suddenly occurred to me that we have before an opportunity like no other. My brothers and colleagues at 54 Kingdoms have been diligent to emphasize the point of Pan Africanism to me- albeit I have always been hard of hearing on this subject.
But maybe I have seen the light? Yesterday in Washington, thousands of people marched in Washington to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. This is where the famous Dr. Martin Luther King jr. gave the “I have a dream” speech. Listening to Obama’s speech yesterday, I realized that African-Americans, just like Africans are celebrating their 50th Anniversary of “independence.” Coincidently, this is the same year that the African Union/OAU celebrates their 50th Anniversary. In 2013, we are finding that maybe those barriers that seemingly divide us as children of Africa are not barriers that cannot be broken. We find that after all, we have so much in common- that our struggles might not be identical, but they are the same. That maybe our paths to where we are were not so different after all.
What would happen if we as Africans came together for the next 50 years and forged a bond, committed to celebrating our communities, and progressing our communities and the continent? What would 2063 look like? Frantz Fanon said “Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.” 50 years ago, Africans leaders came together in a post-independence era and forged alliances to assure that our countries were secure. 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King jr. led thousands for a march that changed the nation. We might not have seen the entire fruition of their mission, and their efforts, but we can all agree that we have come so far. We are here because they came before us. President Obama talked about a renewed mission and finding a purpose for our generation. So what is that mission? To unify our efforts for progress, build stronger communities. Build a stronger Africa.
The question now is whether our generation is up to the challenge. Only time will tell.


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