T-Shirt Design Contest

We have many designs of T-shirts we would like to offer. Vote for the T-shirt, you would want us to offer at Africa Imports this summer.

Just click on the star of the design you want to vote for. Only one vote for user.

What does “dashiki” mean?

Dashiki is derived from the Yoruba word “yar ciki”, which means “shirt”. Though dashikis are African inspired, the symbolism attached to them is actually rooted in the United States.
In the 1960s, a time where African American cultural and political struggles were at an all time high, dashikis became popular among men and women who wanted to show their independence from Western culture. At a time when the acceptable fashion was conservative, neatly tucked shirts, the bright, bold colorful shirts, worn un-tucked, were a way for people to show pride in their African heritage.

These days n the United States, the dashiki is most popularly worn during February, Black History Month. However, no matter what time of year it is worn, the dashiki’s symbolism is a way of saying: “I am beautiful – black is beautiful – my heritage is beautiful.”
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Start Your Business Today- Free Gift!

Don’t let another opportunity pass you by! With Black History Month right around the corner, January is the very best time to start your African business.

Monica, a brand new entrepreneur in Jacksonville, FL recently purchased the Easy Business Start-Up Kit to jump start her health and wellness business. Her response speaks for itself:“I just got my Easy Business Start-Up Kit and I LOVE what I see! You can have your business running in 10 minutes. I am very excited!”
Why put it off any longer? February is the largest sales month of the year.Get started today and start earning extra cash!
Get the Easy Business Start-Up Kit and a free gift!
Offer expires Jan 31st at 11:59pm.

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New Arrivals for Black History Month

Stock up for the most exciting time of the year!
A copy of the February Wholesale Flier will be mailed to all of our customers, but why wait? You can see it now, just click here to see our newest clothing fashions. Be sure to stand out and look your best for all your events and occasions! wholesale-flier-2016-02-med
Click here to download or print your copy now or click here for an Easy page-turning version.

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12×18” African American Stick Flag

The Pan-African flag, also known as the UNIA flag, African-American flag and Black Liberation Flag,is a tri-color flag consisting of three horizontal bands of red, black and green. This flag of the African nation combines the most popular colors from all of the flags of Africa. Founded by Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican political leader, public speaker, publisher, and journalist, the flag has a constitution which defines red, black, and green as the Pan-African colors.
What do the colors on the flag represent?
Red: the blood that unites all people of Black African ancestry, and shed for liberation
Black: black people whose existence as a nation, though not a nation-state, is affirmed by the existence of the flag and power
Green: the abundant natural wealth of Africa.
This African American Stick Flag‘s affordable price allows anyone to connect with the African culture.
Flag is 12″ x 18″. Stick is 24″ long. 100% Polyester.
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Small African Print Travel Bag- Assorted

Tradition on-the-go! Add quick African flare to your look with a Small African Print Travel Bag. Made in Gambia, these assorted African print bags are fun, convenient and perfectly priced.
Bags measure 5.5″ x 6.5″. C-A212

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Tuskegee Airman John Mulzac

Retired FDNY Lt. John Mulzac, a Tuskegee Airman who took to the skies in three wars, died this week. He was 91.
Mulzac, a Brooklyn resident, was an original member of the elite Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II, Black Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws and the American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. The heroism shown by the Tuskegee Airmen is said to have influenced President Harry S. Truman’s decision to desegregate the military in 1948. The airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2006, the highest honor bestowed by Congress.

The pioneering pilot moved from manning flight controls to manning fire hoses in 1947. He retired from the Fire Department in 1967 as a lieutenant, then worked as a sky marshal and as a U.S. Customs inspector before retiring for good to concentrate on his role as the patriarch of eight children, 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
For Black History Month and for their bravery and heroism, we honor Lt. John Mulzac’s life and all of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Clara Brown

Clara Brown
Clara Brown was a slave from Virginia, who spent her entire life looking for her 10-year-old daughter, Eliza Jane.

Brown was sold on an auction block in the early 1800s. By the time she was 18, she had conceived four children, each of whom were sold off to different owners. Brown would spend the next 20 years raising Ambrose Smith’s children – her master. At age 53, after Smith died, Brown was declared free and covered over 1,000 miles searching for her daughter. Her search was during the Gold Rush years, so after traveling to Kentucky, Missouri and Kansas to search for her child, Brown ventured to Colorado in hopes that her daughter was there in search of gold.

Brown worked as a cook on a wagon train in return for transportation and a means to carry her laundry pots. Once she reached Colorado, Brown set up shop as a laundress and saved her money – enough to invest in real estate. The town would get to know her as Aunt Clara, and she was a caretaker of the people and visitors in town.

In 1865, Brown moved east to return to her search for Eliza, and now she had money. After landing in Tennessee, she would offer most of her savings and earnings – $10,000 – for information about Eliza. The search was a bust, but all was not in vain. Brown had brought poor, freed slaves with her to give them a better life. Her kindness was noticed by the governor of Colorado, who named her an official representative of newly freed slaves or “exodusters.”

Finally, in 1879, at 79 years old, Brown got word that her daughter was in Iowa. They were finally reunited when Brown was 80, and her daughter was 56 years old. The same year, Brown became the first female member of the Colorado Pioneer Association, and she was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of fame.

She died six years later