GBHHEC official registration celebrated in London
Scholars, Black History authorities, dignitaries, and influential individuals from the United Kingdom convened at the Ethiopian Embassy in London to mark a momentous occasion – the official registration and recognition of the Global Black History, Heritage, and Education Centre (GBHHEC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ambassador Teferi Melesse, addressing the gathering, underscored the profound significance of this historic moment, not only for Ethiopia but for the entire African continent and the global community. He emphasized the historical underrepresentation and neglect of Black history and heritage. He also noted that the official recognition of the center in Ethiopia, a land renowned for its ancient civilizations, historic legacy, and contributions to global human heritage, marks a monumental step in rectifying this injustice.
He continued by emphasizing the importance of the Black History, Heritage, Cultural, and Education Centre in preserving and promoting the diverse history and heritage of Black people, not only in Ethiopia but across the African diaspora. The center is assured to serve as a repository of knowledge, a place of reflection, and a source of inspiration for generations to come.
Ambassador Teferi also underscored Ethiopia’s acknowledgment of the vital role played by the Black community in shaping the contemporary world, from the origins of civilization in Africa to the struggles for freedom and equality in the Americas, as well as cultural achievements like the Harlem Renaissance and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. He emphasized that the recognition and registration of this center symbolize a commitment to educating future generations about the achievements, struggles, and enduring spirit of Black people throughout history. It will house archives, artifacts, and artworks that narrate the story of Black people and their global impact.
Ambassador Teferi also expressed his gratitude to the scholars who believed in Ethiopia’s potential to safeguard and exhibit the history of Africa and the Black community through the establishment of the Global Black Centre in Addis Ababa. He also extended Ethiopia’s thanks to all those who tirelessly worked to make this dream a reality, including dedicated scholars, passionate activists, and visionary leaders.
The celebration featured presentations on Ethiopian tourism opportunities, depictions of African heritage, Ethiopia’s royal treasures, national museum collections, Ethiopian pottery, handcrafts, Teff enjera and its production tools, Ethiopian wine and alcohol, Habesha textiles, Ethiopian beehives, and traditional beekeeping, historical battles and their outcomes, Ethiopia’s healing landscapes, the role of Ethiopian women in leadership, and information about the current development of Addis Ababa city and different national parks.
It is noteworthy that the embassy and its diplomats, alongside with scholars, Black History experts, dignitaries, and prominent individuals in the United Kingdom, has been diligently working for the past three years to bring this project to fruition. Attendees expressed their support and appreciation for the embassy and its diplomats’ efforts.
H.E. Demeke Mekonnen, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Madam Adanech Abebe, the Mayor of Addis Ababa City Administration, Hailemariam Desalegn, the Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, members of the GBHHEC coordinating group, and others received commendation for their enthusiastic involvement in making this project a reality.
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