US Embassy holds conference on Obama book
Thursday, March 05, 2009
The month of February is set aside for Americans the world over to observe black history and the historical achievements and contributions of African-American icons to America and the rest of the world.
It is called the Black History Month. This year's celebration is believed to be more profound than ever before in the history of the United States, as the world has witnessed the election of an African-American to the White House. The US embassy in Banjul, in observance of this month, organised a digital video conference on Barack Obama's autobiography, 'Dreams from my father'.
Considering the staggering magnitude of injustices blacks in America experienced in the past, the significance of the ascension of Barack H Obama to the presidency of the United States cannot be overstated. The video conference held in Banjul brought together politicians, university professors, the media, students, among other dignitaries.
The conference stimulated discussions on 'Dreams from my Father', highlighting the significance of the black history month. Sheldon Austin, a retired African-American cultural affairs officer in Paris, France, made the presentation on video from the French capital.
A Question and answer session wrapped up the event.
Author: By Musa Ndow