Adwa, Wakanda and the African Diaspora: Celebrating the Centuries old Struggles and Triumphs of The African World.

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Washington DC ( Little Ethiopia ) - The new superman movie that is believed to be inspired by the the history of the former Kingdom of Ethiopia ( Wakanda ) and the super hero Emperor of Ethiopia, Menelik II ( T' Challa )  was created as a comic story in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The Black Panther that grossed over $ 1 billion in revenue globally describes ' Wakanda ' as a fictional East African nation located between Uganda and Kenya.

The creation of the comic book was three years after the former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I received an amazing state welcome by President John F. Kennedy and the Citizens of Washington DC ( now Sister-City of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ) in 1963. The District of Columbia presented the emperor the key to the city and Howard University bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate degree.

There are many similarities in Black Panther’s T’Challa with that of Ethiopia's Menelik II that T’Challa was abduct as a young boy and that he defeated European invaders protecting his country from colonialism. The Ethiopian emperor was abducted as a young boy by Emperor Tewodros IV and he was the only African leader to defeat an European invader on March, 1,1896 at the Battle of Adwa. 

On March 4, 2018 Dr. Abebe Haregewoin was honored as a descendent of the Ethiopian General ( Dejazmatch ) Gerimame Wolde Hawariat who freed future Emperor Menelik iI from detention. He  placed a wtreath along with historian Chuck Hicks, Mr. black history in-front of the African-American Civil War Memorial in Commemoration of the Pan-African Victory celebration of the Battle of Adwa.

‍Historian Chuck Hicks ( left ) posing with Dr. Abebe Haregewoin after placing a wreath -courtesy photo

The wreath was in the color of the Ethiopian flag of Green, Yellow and Red as seen in the picture above. The annual commemoration ceremony honors African-American and Ethiopian veterans who fought for " Freedom " in the American civil War and Ethiopia's wars of Adwa and the Italo-Abyssinian war of 1935-41.

The award winning Ethio-Mixer USA launches its monthly gathering at the Fraser Mansion in the Sister-City of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, March 29, 2018 two days before the end of the monthly celebration of the Pan-African Holiday Celebration of Adwa to discuss on a panel discussion on " Adwa, Wakanda and the African Diaspora: Celebrating the Centuries old Struggles and Triumphs of The African World."

The moderator of the Panel is Dr. Alem Hailu, the prominent Associate Professor at the African Studies department of Howard University.

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The 12th wreath laying ceremony organized by Little Ethiopia DC was held infront of the African American Civil War with the help of four Aides de Camp from Ethiopia and the United States.There were three United States Colored Troops ( enactors ) at the Commemoration of ADWA and a former member of the elite unit of Emperor Haile Selassie body guard Sergeant Ashenafi. USCT Sergeant Marquett Milton was the lead for the unit.

If you go to the Ethio-Mixer USA;

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018

Fraser Mansion

1701 20th St. N.W , Washington DC 

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

RFRESHMENTS AND FNGER FOOD SERVED

RSVP : littleethiopia@gmail.com

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