Lift Every Voice

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Lift Every Voice


Zulu, Itibari M., Journal of Pan African Studies


The election of Barack Hussein Obama as the first person of African heritage to hold the office of President of the United States of America is indeed something we can celebrate, and if not for him, certainly for those who came before him, our noble ancestors (e.g., Malcolm X, Zenzile Miriam Makeba ...) who not only wished for an African President, but for basic freedom and human dignity. Thus, this issue of JPAS is dedicated to all the good the presidency of Barack Obama can bring to United States of America, and the world community.

To start the celebration, we can do four things, first, begin with Kwanzaa, the African American and Pan African cultural holiday which celebrates family, community and culture, celebrated from December 26 thru January 1 annually; created in 1966 by author and scholar-activist Dr. Maulana Karenga. Second, we can observe the life and struggle of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15) before the official inaugural of the first family. And third, we can strategically move into African world history month in February (celebrating), and then march through the remainder of the year with a newly energized purpose, determination, recommitment, and divine guidance.

By doing the above, everyone can lift their voice, and thus everyone can sing their song without fear in Africa, the U.S. or anywhere in the world.

In this issue of JPAS, I have again saved a space for people and ideas to lift their voices and sing: John M. …

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