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Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr

Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr

mart5eadership of the non-violent civil rights movement in the United States. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. (more…)

The Battle of Adwa

The Battle of Adwa

battleofadwaThe Battle of Adwa took place on 1st and 2nd March 1896 at Adwa in northern Ethiopia. The Battle occurred at a time when European nations were engaged in the scramble for Africa.

Notably, at the Berlin Conference in 1884-85, Africa was divided up for the European nations to colonise and Ethiopia was awarded to the Italians, all Italy had to do was use its troops to take possession of Ethiopia. On the 2nd March 1896, united Ethiopian forces commanded by Emperor Menelik II defeated the Italian army at the Battle of Adwa. It was the first time an African nation had defeated a European power. The Ethiopian victory at Adwa prevented the Italians from colonising Ethiopia. (more…)

Ethiopia in the Middle Ages

Ethiopia in the Middle Ages

ethiopia-in-the-middle-agesArticle from the original Voice of Ethiopia Saturday September 11th, 1937 This Historical data was printed with the permission of Professor William L. Hansberry of Howard University and the Ethiopian Research Council of Washington, D.C. The foregoing references and traditions-all of them except the account of Piankhy’s conquest, drawn from non-Ethiopian sources-reveal that the Ethiopians of antiquity were widely known throughout the ancient world as a people particularly devoted to the promotion of justice and righteousness as living and practical forces among men. In the Middle Ages the trend in events and development was essentially the same. (more…)

5000 Ethiopian Manuscripts outside of Ethiopia

5000 Ethiopian Manuscripts outside of Ethiopia

ethiopian-manuscriptsLocal 3 A Serious Question of Ethiopian Studies Five Thousand Ethiopian Manuscripts Abroad, and the International Community by Dr Richard Panhurst Introduction Ethiopic, or Ge’ez, manuscripts [hereafter MSS] are of fundamental importance for scholarship. Ethiopic literature formed a major part of ancient and medieval Christian literature. Many important Ethiopic works were, and still are, unknown to the outside world: Foreign scholars learnt for example of the Book of Enoch and the Book of Jubilees only because they were preserved in Ethiopia. Though most Ethiopic literature is religious, numerous texts also cover subjects, including history, philosophy, law, mathematics, and medicine. (more…)