Black History Month Film Festival - Botswana

Black History Month Film Festival - Botswana

Speaking at the opening of the week-long film festival that showcases lives and stories of African-Americans, US Ambassador Stephen Nolan said Black History Month is a special celebration of these lives whose history is an essential thread of the American fabric, for it traces the ongoing journey to improve the nation.

Illustration of Captive African Natives Being Led to the Coast to Be Sold Into Slavery




Illustration of Captive African Natives Being Led to the Coast to Be Sold Into Slavery


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Talking on this year's theme "African Americans and the Civil War", Nolan said it "calls on us to honour the efforts of people of African descent to destroy slavery and promote universal freedom in the US.

The week-long celebrations will be characterised by film presentations including America Beyond Colour Line and The March, book displays and discussions are also on the menu. Initiated by African-American historian, Carter Woodson nearly 100 years ago as the 'Negro History Week' during the second week of February to mark the birthdays of president Abraham Lincoln and civil rights activist and writer Frederick Douglass, the week was later extended to a month and renamed Black History Month.

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