A notable exception is Black Survivors Of The Holocaust, a remarkable documentary made toward the end of the last century. The first shock the film delivers comes from unearthing the hardly known fact that there were some 25 000 black inhabitants of Nazi Germany by the second decade of the 20th century. Apparently, the Germans experimented genetically with their African colonial populations, most notably in Namibia in the wake of the massacre of 60 000 of the Heroro who had mounted a sustained revolt against their masters.

AFRICAN CROSSROADS: The black survivors
Published on: 2/26/07


We’re the survivors,

The black survivors…

– Bob Marley, The Black Survivors

AT THE CLOSE OF Black History Month in this bicentenary, I wish to leave this response with those who question why we need to dedicate a separate month to the history of African people at home and abroad.

Black history is crucial because it reminds us how great we are as the ones who gave civilisation to the human race, who reached the highest pinnacle of development in spirituality, the arts and sciences. It inspires new generations by celebrating Africa’s glory in antiquity, urging us that we will be great again.

Most important of all, black history chronicles our unequalled resilience, our survival through the harshest crucible of human affliction the world has witnessed: the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and new world slavery. Perhaps that is why, apart from their architectural marvels and spiritual mysteries, the pyramids of ancient Kemet are so fascinating.

After all, nations rise and fall, but the magnificent monuments of Pharaonic Egypt trumpet to mankind that Africans have endured through centuries and diverse foreign conquests, keeping alive the collective memory of Africa’s capacity to survive.