On this day, we give thanks for one of our most beloved ancestors.
Patrice Lumumba was born on July 2 , 1925, in the present-day Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lumumba is well known for his Pan-African ideology in which he advocated for an independent and self-sufficient Africa.
The Democratic Republic of Congo was colonized by Belgium, one of the most savage european nations to ever touch Africa. With their colonial rule came forced labor and harsh treatment of the indigenous population. King Leopold is the Hitler of Africa, miming and killing thousands of children, women, and men. Read more about the atrocities committed by Belgium here.
Let’s get back to Lumumba.
Patrice Lumumba is well known for his courage against colonial forces. His Congolese Independence speech angered many colonialists because of it’s honest perception of life under Belgium rule. It was attended by Congolese, Belgium, and even Belgium royalty.
Some have said that this speech marked his demise. Soon after, he was killed by enemy forces loyal to the Belgium regime. The Belgium community has yet to apologize for their role in his assassination.
In a twisted, yet unsurprising turn of events, in 2018 Belgium has decided to name a square after Patrice Lumumba in Brussels.
Yes, no reparations, no apology, no return of African artifacts but they have decided to name a square after the man they killed for profitable gain (Makes you think of all the Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X Blvds doesn’t it?).
Stay woke people.
“The day will come when history will speak. But it will not be the history which will be taught in Brussels, Paris, Washington or the United Nations…Africa will write its own history and in both north and south it will be a history of glory and dignity”
Watch a documentary that does a great job of explaining his life and assassination here.