Encyclopaedia Africana M April 2, 2021 MAGGIE ADERIN-POCOCK

On 16 July 2020, the Conservative government announced that Maggie had been appointed as one of the Commissioners of the Commission on Race and Ethnic disparities.

Encyclopaedia Africana M March 20, 2021 MANSA MUSA

In addition to encouraging the arts and architecture, he also funded literature and built schools, libraries and mosques. Timbuktu soon became a centre of education and people travelled from around the world to study at what would become the Sankore University.

Encyclopaedia Africana M March 20, 2021 MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN

Measha Brueggergosman’s ancestors fled slavery in Connecticut during the American Revolution in the 1780s, settling in Fredricton, New Brunswick


Meghan spoke of the racism that she encountered and which led to her and Harry leaving the UK for good to live in the USA.

Encyclopaedia Africana M March 8, 2021 MANGOSUTHU GATSHA BUTHELEZI

In 1975 Buthelezi helped to found the Inkatha Freedom Party, a primarily Zulu organization, of which he would become the leader.

Encyclopaedia Africana M February 26, 2021 MICHAEL X

Michael de Frietas, later known as Michael Abdul Malik and Michael X, was a controversial black revolutionary figure born in Port-au-Spain, Trinidad in 1933. He was mixed-race. Iona Brown, his mother, was working-class and a known African spiritualist in their community in Trinidad. His estranged father, Emmanuel de Frietas, was Portuguese and resided in St. Kitts where he accumulated wealth from his chains …

Encyclopaedia Africana M February 26, 2021 MENELIK II, EMPEROR

Emperor Menelik II was one of Ethiopia’s greatest leaders, ruling as King and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913. He was born Sahle Miriam on August 17, 1884, in Ankober, Shewa, Ethiopia. His mother, Woizero Ejigayehu Lemma Adyamo, was a palace servant, and his father was Prince Haile-Melekot, Son of King Sahle Sillasse. During …

Encyclopaedia Africana M February 26, 2021 MANU DIBANGO

In 1972, he was thrust into the international spotlight with the release of his hugely popular song “Soul Makossa.” His success with this song also made him the first African artist to make the US Top 40 charts. The song was originally a B-side to the anthem for the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament and features Dibango’s saxophone skills.

Encyclopaedia Africana M February 23, 2021 MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE

Honored with many awards, Mary McLeod Bethune’s life was celebrated with a memorial statue in Washington DC in 1974, and a postage stamp in 1985. Her final residence is a National Historic Site.

Encyclopaedia Africana M February 21, 2021 MALCOLM SHABAZZ – REPORT OF THE PASSING OF MALCOLM X’S GRANDSON (2013)

On Friday, a godmother of Malcolm Shabazz, Ruth Clark, said on her Twitter account: “My heart is heavy, yet I find peace that my godson is among the angels.”

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