“I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge. Harriet Tubman was a bridge. Ida B. Wells was a bridge. Madame C. J. Walker was a bridge. Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge.” -Oprah Winfrey
In 2017 Africa Imports
1 – Helped to support about 150 extra very disadvantaged children in Africa: mostly orphans and street children.
2 – Helped to support 6 extra adults who work with children, youth, and others doing medical work, teaching, and counseling.
3 – Increased the number of products we carry that are made by at risk women learning new work skills.
4 – And here’s a little thing that gave us a lot of good feelings.
There is a school in northern Zambia where a group of five teachers all work for free to teach and feed over 100 street children. We have not been able to support this group regularly. We were able to send a $100. Christmas gift to each of the volunteer teachers though. See how school looked for these children and teachers when we visited them in August. The video below lets you see and hear the kids in school.
We hope that you will visit us at Africa Imports. Your purchases have made this help all possible.
Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day. Here are some things that most people do not know about him.
1. Martin Luther King Jr. was named Michael when he was born. His name was changed to Martin later.
When Martin was five years old, his father: King Sr. changed his own name to Martin Luther King. When he did, he changed his son’s name at the same time. He was inspired by the protestant reformer Martin Luther while visiting Germany.
2. King entered college at the age of 15.
King was a brilliant and gifted student.
3. King received his doctorate in systematic theology.
King received a Ph.D from Boston University in 1955.
4. King was imprisoned 29 times.
He was arrested for acts of civil disobedience and on trumped-up charges. He was jailed in Montgomery, Alabama in 1956 for driving 30 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone.
6. King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death.
At a book signing ceremony in Harlem in 1958, Izola Ware Curry stabbed King in the chest with a seven-inch letter opener. Afterwards, he issued a statement saying he felt no ill will toward his mentally ill attacker.