Yesterday was the 54th anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, independent Congo’s first prime minister.
Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, one of the first blacks to attend my alma mater, wrote a nice piece on the importance of Lumumba and his death. He recently published a biography of Prime Minister Lumumba that I look forward to reading.
Here’s a letter Lumumba wrote his wife, Pauline some time before his death.
Tomorrow, we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday, President Obama gives his State of the Union address.
Lumumba and King were decades younger than President Obama when they died. It’s incredible how productive they were in such a short time. Much more work to be done still to realize their massive dreams.