December 3, 2016

Education

Thursday Open Thread: Black History Facts

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The line between West Indians and African-Americans was fuzzy... Most of us already know that the slave trade circulated blacks between the U.S. and the Caribbean. We also probably know that after the Haitian Revolution, many Haitian … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens in the past

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Shaka kaSenzangakhona (c. 1787 – c. 24 September 1828), also known as Shaka[a] Zulu (Zulu pronunciation: [ˈʃaːɠa]), was one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu Kingdom. He is widely credited with uniting many of the Northern Nguni people, … [Read more...]

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Friday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

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Queen Anna Nzinga (c. 1583 – December 17, 1663), also known as Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande, was a 17th-century queen (muchino a muhatu) of the Ndongo andMatamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in Angola. Nzinga was born to King Kiluanji and Kangela … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

Akia the great

Askia Muhammad I (ca. 1443 – 1538), born Muhammad Ture in Futa Tooro, later called Askia, also known as Askia the Great, was an emperor, military commander, and political reformer of the Songhai Empire in the late 15th century, the successor of Sunni … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

Taharqa with Queen Takahatamun at Gebel Barkal.

Taharqa was a pharaoh of the Ancient Egyptian 25th dynasty and king of the Kingdom of Kush, which was located in Northern Sudan. Taharqa was the son of Piye, the Nubian king of Napata who had first conquered Egypt. Taharqa was also the cousin and … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

Yaa

Yaa Asantewaa (c. 1840–17 October 1921) (pronounced YAA A-san-TE-WAA) was appointed queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire—now part of modern-day Ghana—by her brother Nana Akwasi Afrane Okpese, the Ejisuhene—or ruler of Ejisu. In 1900, she led … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

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This week's open threads will focus on African Kings and Queens of the past.   King Mansa Musa I (Emperor Moses) was an important Malian king, ruling from 1312 to 1337 and expanding the Mali influence over the Niger city-states of … [Read more...]