should remember to lift the spirit of some of our great ancestors
who made significant contributions to the African Liberation Movement.
July 2nd was the 84th birthday of one of these great heroes,
meaning of the life and work of our beloved brother, Patrice Lumumba
was rooted in his determination to fight against the forces of
the European world in the most turbulent period of the history
of the Congo. We should commemorate the birthday of this
late, great African leader, who stood against all the forces in
the European world and the African world who were steadfast in
their efforts to stop the real Independence Movement of the people
of the Congo. It is important for
us to understand, today, that those who stand and fight against
the evil of the European world take on a serious task and challenge.
Herein lies the legacy of Patrice Lumumba.
Lumumba was born July 2, 1925 in Katako Kombe, a small
village in a remote area of the African continent, then referred
to as the Congo. Born to a family of
five and educated by missionaries, he was able to caste off the
domination of European influences on his life and relate to the
interests of the masses of Congolese people. At an early age,
he recognized the need to develop the kind of skills necessary
to become an active participant in the African Liberation struggle.
In his efforts to develop his skills, Patrice had a variety of
work experiences that included his being employed in a hospital
and a post office, which gave him greater insights into the overall
oppression of the Congolese people. The more contact Patrice had
with the European world, the more he developed the kind of political
consciousness that made him one of the most important leaders
in the African Independence Movement.
a result of his participation as the secretary in the Liberal
Party of the Congo and his efforts to talk
with the Belgian officials, Lumumba was able to see that independence
and freedom for his people would not come through the efforts
of the Liberal Party or negotiations with the Europeans. His outspokenness
and determination to find a vehicle to free the Congolese people
led to his being sentenced to two years in prison. Although his
prison sentence was cut short, upon his release, the Belgian colonialists,
along with their African servants, attempted to isolate Patrice
from the growing independence movement of the masses of the people.
October 1958, Patrice helped form the National Congolese Movement,
which was to become the forerunner in the liberation struggle.
In December of 1958, Patrice was invited to a conference of African
nations hosted by Kwame Nkrumah in Accra,
Ghana. It was through this conference that Patrice
began to establish contact with the leaders of the Liberation
Movements in other African countries. From this point forward,
the Liberation Movement in the Congo
escalated to the point that the Belgian government decided to
grant the Congolese people their so-called freedom on June 30,
the Independence Day Ceremony on June 30th, while his African
movement friends were thanking the Belgians for granting them
their independence, it is said the Lumumba became enraged. He
grabbed the microphone and told his people that the colonization
of the Congo was nothing other than the domination of
the European world over the African world. He went on to point
out that the humiliating system of slavery, which was imposed
upon the African people of the Congo
by European forces was done because they were African. This statement
by Patrice Lumumba caused the white world and their African servants
to conspire in the next year to find a way to get rid of this
most courageous spokesman for the interest of the Congolese people.
Lumumba was assassinated on January 17, 1961 at the hands of African
mercenaries working in the interests of the Europeans through
the United States and the CIA.
This fact was recently revealed in Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney’s
International Relations Hearings. Before his death, Lumumba wrote
a letter to his wife that signified the essence of his involvement
in the struggle to free his people. Patrice wrote, in part:
we can say that the external enemies, (or the enemies from without),
and internal enemies (or the enemies from within), led to the
demise and death of Patrice Lumumba. But, fortunately, his legacy