It is important to remember that Black communities across the world experience Black History Month in unique ways.
In fact, the reality that as a People we have diverse “ontologies” is often overlooked.
How we celebrate Our history is shaped by our geographical locations and the experiences that accompanied our people there.
Different cultural groups in Our Black communities across the world also approach Black History Month from their specific spiritual and cultural angles.
This is another sensitive area. Unlike most of the Global North or “West”, Black people are fractured spiritually.
Whereas the West was spiritually united around colonial philosophies for more than 400 years, Africans and Black people remain divided due to not valuing each other’s diversity.
With that said, Ethiopia’s history is SIGNIFICANT to the entire Black world.
Ethiopia is the one nation in Africa that was never conquered by European colonialists.
From 1880 until the middle 20th century, all African people were conquered and Africa’s land was divided according to European territories. South Africans were kept in bondage a bit longer under the Voortrekkers.
The division of African land and cultural groups was known as the “Scramble for Africa”.
But Europeans failed to conquer Ethiopia. Why is this?
There are many reasons, but here we draw the reader to the variables of location and culture.
Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most ancient nations; this is where the great Kingdom of Cush was.
One of Ethiopia’s earliest Kingdoms was formed by Emperor Menelik in 10 B.C.
This Black History is documented in the Kebra Negast.
The Kebra Negast is Black African History of how the ancient Arc of the Covenant of ancient Israel left that region and was returned to remain in Ethiopia until this day.
The significance of this Black History is that the history of the Arc of the Covenant is part of Africa’s history.
There were numerous interactions between ancient Ethiopia with the ancient Israelites who were also Africans.
Remember, Moses’s wife, Zipporah, was an Ethiopian.
How different Black History is from colonial narratives that depict African and Black people as “uncultured” or savages.
Back to Ethiopia never being conquered by Europe…
It was Ethiopia’s cultural principles and history as a nation that prevented Europe from claiming Ethiopian land as they did through the whole continent.
The central man who thwarted Europe’s attempt to conquer Ethiopia was Emperor Haile Selassie.
Europe could not defeat Haile Selassie, the People of Ethiopia and their cultural unity.
Ethiopia’s cultural history is a sensitive issue through the global Black community.
This is because Ethiopians are the original Hebrews and Israelites that eventually crossed into Canaan.
This is Black African History.
But since our people were enslaved by Europeans and forced to accept Eurocentric “Judeo-Christian” theories, just associating with religions of the West causes Black people pain.
We have to work through this and look deeper at the ancient principles.
These are some of the reasons that Ethiopia is important to the global celebration of Black History Month.
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