Legs of Tornado: The Human Who Outran the Wind
Authored by Felicien Kanyamibwa
Long ago, the people of Rwanda suffered through a terrible famine. The rains did not come to help the crops grow, the grass withered, and the soil became so dry that it cracked.
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul , passed away in Detroit, Michigan, on August 16, 2018. She is known as one of the greatest signer of soul, gospel and other music genres. Aretha Franklin once said: "I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music." Her music inspired people from all over the World for over 6 decades and left them feel whole.
South African anti-apartheid hero, known as Mother of the Nation, and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has passed away. She was aged 81. She and her former husband Nelson Mandela, led and became the symbols of the stuggle to liberate South Africa from the apartheid. They endured suffering, including long term jails.
When her husband was jailed for close to three decades, she remained at the forefront of the liberation movement, coordinating undergroung activists, from inside the country. Her tenacity eventually led to the victory and the release of Nelson Mandela, who became the first president of the independent and free South Africa. She also served in the government.
Reverend Billy Graham died Tuesday February 20, 2018. He was at age 99. He will be remembered as one of the greatest Christian pastors in America and around the World. But he was also renowned for his unequivocal advocacy for racial equality, both in the United States and around the World.
A day after a landmark ruling cementing the foundation of Obamacare, the US Supreme Court handed yet another victory to
President Obama's administration by ruling that same-sex marriage is a civil right that states cannot ban.
Until recently, legalizing same-sex marriage was unthinkable in the United States. This did not deter gay rights advocates who have
continued their struggle, supported mostly by Democrats and Civil Rights activists. Several prominent business executives, such as
Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act, PPACA or known as Obamacare, has once again survived the challenge from Republicans, after a 6-3 decision ruling by the US Supreme Court, or SCOTUS. Obamacare will be the health care law that will solidify President Barack Obama's legacy for generations to come.
The ruling was about the provision in the PPACA authorizing federal tax credits for eligible Americans, whether they live in states
"I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me, " Apple CEO Tim Cook has said in a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, while publicly coming out as gay and declaring his support for equality.
Tim Cook, though the CEO of perhaps the most prominent company in the World today, has managed to keep a low profile on his personal life. In the letter he says that his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality was intended to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality."
Tributes to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. were held the Unites States nationwide, on Monday January 15, 2018. The day was marked by massive marches, protests, and statements from various groups, politicians, activists, and individuals. The focus of protests ranged from condemning controversial policies, to the treatment of minorities and people of color, and to statements by policitians, especially the recent alleged statements by President Trump, referring to African countries, Haiti and El Salvador as "shitholes." On #MLKDay, we must recommit ourselves to fighting for the causes that defined his life and work — including voting rights, police and community relations, our criminal justice system, and economic opportunity," tweeted US Senator Kamara Harris, from California, who is rumored to be considering a run in 2020 Presidential elections,.
Colin Rand Kaepernick charitable initiatives have helped feed incarcerated men. His civil rights and social justice activism has won him worldwide recognition and multiple awards, including Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Colin Kaepernick's social justice stand came to national attention and world stage when in 2016 he began protesting racial injustice in the United States by not standing while the United States national anthem was being played before the start of NFL games.
Diane Rwigara is 35-year old Rwandan woman who dared to challenge one of the most notorious African dictators, General Paul Kagame, by running in presidential elections. As predicted, she was barred from standing in the elections. That was not the end of it.