Thursday, August 02, 2007

Ancestor Edward Wilmot Blyden

Ancestor Edward Wilmot Blyden

Born: 3rd August 1832

Crossed over: 7th February 1912

"Africa will furnish a development of civilization which the world has never yet witnessed. Its great peculiarity will be its mortal element."

Edward was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on August 3rd, 1832. Denied admission to Rutgers Theological Seminary in 1850 on grounds of color, he immigrated to Liberia under the auspices of the American Colonization Society in December of the same year. Here in Liberia, he completed high school and ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1860.

Availing himself of opportunities that presented themselves in the new Republic of Liberia, Blyden rose to become one of the singular most enlightened men of the 19th century contributing his original observations to religious thoughts, governance, diplomacy, national unity, and the development of race consciousness. His ideas would influence Africans and the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and America to develop concepts of Negritude, Pan Africanist thought, nationalist movement of West African clergy and educators, and Garvey’s back to Africa movement.

Edward Blyden’s magnum opus, Christianity Islam and the Negro Race published in 1887 was considered the most singular work of the 19th century.

Blyden worked in Gabon, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.In 1861, Blyden became Liberian Commissioner to Britain and the United States; and a year later as Liberian Commissioner to the US to invite Negroes “back to the Fatherland.”

In served as Secretary of State from 1864 to 1866; later became Liberian Ambassador to the Court of St. James, London, United Kingdom on two occasions.

From 1880 to 1884 he served as President of Liberia College, and concurrently Minister of the Interior until 1882.

After an unsuccessful bid to become Liberia’s President in 1885, he migrates to Sierra Leone; however, he returns and becomes Liberia’s Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to the United Kingdom and France from June to September 1905.

He died on February 7th 1912 in Freetown and was buried at the Race Course Cemetery.


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

emancipation is a farce!

are any of us truly free
whilst our nation and her peoples still suffer global discrimination...
economic / scientific exclusion
racism, subjugation & oppression!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

HIM on fellowship

"Knowing that material and spiritual progress are essential to man, we must ceaselessly work for the equal attainment of both. Only then shall we be able to acquire that absolute inner-calm, so necessary to our well-being. Whenever conflict arises between material and spiritual values, the conscience plays an important role and anyone who suffers from a guilty conscience is never really free from this problem until he makes peace with himself and his conscience. Discipline of the mind is a basic ingredient of genuine morality and therefore of spiritual strength. Spiritual power is the eternal guide, in this life and the life after, for man ranks supreme among all creatures. Led forward by spiritual power, man can reach the summit destined for him by the Great Creator. Since nobody can interfere in the realm of God we should tolerate and live side by side with those of other faiths. In the mystic traditions of the different religions we have a remarkable unity of spirit. Whatever religion they may profess, they are spiritual kinsmen. While the different religions in their historic forms bind us to limited groups and militate against the development of loyalty to the world community, the mystics have already stood for the fellowship of humanity...In harmony with the spirit of the mystics of ages gone by.No one should question the faith of others, for no human being can judge the ways of God."

H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I