Black History Month fact #27
Haiti was the first free Black nation of the western hemisphere.
The Haitian revolution actually began in the village of Guakayman (sp?) on August 14, 1791, where ambitious Haitians thirsty for freedom sacrificed a black pig during a voudun ceremony. This ritual spiritually catapulted Haitians to fight to the death until they earned their liberation as the first successful slave revolt in all of history.
We all know who Toussaint L’Overture was, but what do we know of Jean-Jacques Dessalines (above)? L’Overture was the organizational genius of Haiti’s fight for freedom, but it was Dessalines who declared independence on January 1st, 1804 after L’Overture was captured by France.Dessalines after became the first ruler of Haiti before being assassinated in 1806.
for more on the history of Haiti, see the film Haiti and the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided.
Black History month fact #28: Rome had an African emperor
fact #27: Haiti was the first free Black nation of the “New World”
fact #26: The Pan African flag and its colors.
fact #25: Judaism originates in Africa.
fact #24: Buddhism originates in Africa.
fact #23: Africa is bigger than you think.
fact #22: Sara Baartman: The origin of black female sexual exploitation.
fact #21: Catholic Virgin Mary was Black.
fact #20: Africans founded Chinese dynasties.
Fact #19: Africans invented the calendar.
Fact #18: Africans came before the Mayans.
Fact #17 Africans discovered America
Fact #16: Africans saw planets with the naked eye.
Fact #15: Africans in Europe
Fact #14: vase Heart symbol
Fact #13: Chess originates in Ethiopia
Fact #12: The Great Pyramid of Giza and Pi (3.14)
Fact #11: The Rosetta Stone
Fact #10: The Shabaka Stone
Fact #9: Ancient Egyptians wore locs.
Fact #8: Africans had walled cities.
Fact #7: Africans had the first sewers, toilets, and perfumes.
Fact #6: The first modern humans were born in Africa
Fact #5: Ancient Egyptians were Ethiopian-descendent.
Fact #4: Origin of Greek language
Fact #3: West African empires were wealthy
Fact #2: Etymology of the word Egypt
Fact #1: Pyramid builders were Black.