U.S. Embassy in Malawi Celebrates Black History Month 20130 Comments

By US Embassy
Posted on 06 Feb 2013 at 4:54pm

us-embassy-malawi-liveEach February, Americans celebrate Black History Month, an opportunity to honor the achievements and celebrate the rich heritage of African Americans.

The2013 Black History theme is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington” to celebrate the anniversary of two important African American turning points – the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington.

To commemorate Black History Month 2013, the U.S. Embassy in Malawi has scheduled various activities, including writing competition for secondary school students, film screenings and educational outreach at secondary schools and colleges across the country.  We will also have panel discussions, book and poster displays and other activities through our Information Resource Centre in Lilongwe and at American Corners in Mzuzu, Blantyre, and Zomba.  For more information on specific activities please refer to the attached schedule of activities.

The fight for rights and freedoms by African American in the U.S. inspired many Africans to do the same at home. Malawi’s own early freedom fighter Reverend John Chilembwe was inspired to demand freedom from British colonial rule following his education in America and interaction with African Americans in the 1890s. Throughout the years since Chilembwe, Malawians at different levels have been influenced by the continuing insistence of African Americans on their rights and dignity expressed through culture, art, education, politics and the achievements of statesman such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche.. During the celebrations of the 2013 Black History Month in Malawi some of our programs will examine that influence as Malawians shape the future of their country.