Showing posts from January, 2009

Barack Obama's Inauguration

Today January 20th 2009 will down in history as
as one on the most important days in the history of the United States of America.

At about 12.10pm EST, Barack Hussein Obama, an African American was sworn in as the first black president of the United States of America. At 46 years, he is also amongst the youngest presidents in US history. His election and ultimate inauguration marks a momentous shift in the history of USA and marks a significant advance for blacks in this country. From the days of slavery to abolition, from the civil rights movement of the 60s to the appointment of Colin Powell as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff and later Secretary of state, African Americans have been slowly fighting for their rights to be treated as equal citizens of this country.

The founding fathers of the USA stated that they wanted to create a nation where all men were equal. Even as they wrote this, they kept blacks in slavery and bondage and refused to grant them the rights enshrined in the foundi…

Haja Kadiatu Kamara's Hajj Celebrations

On Sunday 4th January, 2009, a large cross section of the Sierra Leone community gathered at the Center for Families in Minneapolis to welcome HajaKadiatuKamara, the mother of HassanKamara, who had just concluded a successful trip to Mecca in fulfilment of the Islamic Hajj obligations.

In an emotional speech, HassanKamara outlined the strong role his mother had always played in their lives and said that at the demise of their dad, his mother had single-handedly sent both him and his brother to University at Njala and made sure that they never had to drop out of college because of adversity. He also emphasized the support of his wife throughout their marriage and said that she had conceived the idea of sending both of their mothers to Mecca at the same time.

Safiatu also made a short statement about the relationships between parents and their children and said that in this relationship, the parent was the rock and the child was an egg. Whenever the two come together, the egg would be the…