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The African Memory Project (AMP) was begun in 1993 when OnLine Africa Project founders were telematics consultants to the Library of Congress, one of the world's oldest and largest archival repositories. We concluded that many positive stories of success and accomplishment by people of African descent would not be remembered through digital preservation UNLESS we did it ourselves. This has proved to be a daunting task. However, since the necessary electronic infrastructure is nearing completion in African and American communities, the need is even more apparent and urgent.

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The Problems

It is a certainty that if the world is to have any accurate and inclusive memory of the contributions made by people of African descent to world civilization, other than the memory of Dr. King, Nelson Mandela and precious few others, we need to develop, digitally publish and distribute our own content. This is necessary to offset the continuing damage that lack of accurate information and sufficient role models is inflicting upon our youth. The trivialization of the death of Emmet Till, a legendary tragic icon of the 1950s Civil Rights Movement by popular hip-hop artist, Lil Wayne is just one example of how ignorance of history works against all of us.

Instead of demeaning various liberation struggles, today's artists should be celebrating our glorious past and proposing new and better ways to manage our futures based on inspiration and information. Our 2014 Kilimanjaro Music, Arts and Cultural Festival is an event that grew from our attempts to engage famous, and not yet famous artists to collaborate across borders to create new works (songs, poetry, films, art, plays, scripts and multimedia) that can inspire successes and collaboration amongst all people. We are designing a number of contests and competitions to reward creative excellence in these endeavours.

Our artists need to be at the forefront of helping people understand why men like Christopher Columbus, J. Edgar Hoover, Senator Jesse Helms and Belgium's King Leopold would likely be labeled terrorists whose descendants continue to enjoy the fruits of human traffiking while Africa and the Diaspora remain mired in poverty, even though we were the source of most of the world's disproportionate wealth. These are lessons African people cannot afford to forget. Our belief is that if we do not know how great our people once were, we will never be able to reclaim that greatness. We are attempting to flood the global and local information markets with as many positive Black image role models as possible and we need your help.

Twenty years after AMP began, the world's digitized audio-visual records of the accomplishments of non-Europeans remain shamefully thin and often skewed. Of course, there is plenty of bad news and much purposely-incorrect news propagated about and amongst us. Our stories are still being created and sold by others who often alter history to glorify only "their story". Until this changes, Black people will be restrained by self-doubt inflicted by the negative information traps that have been laid by far too many publishers of educational materials.

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Our SOLUTIONS

To combat this situation, African Memory Project is now organizing additional formal and informal Communities of Practical Engagement (COPE) for educators, life-long learners, technologists and multimedia producers to help us develop and demonstrate ways ICTs Interactive Communications Technologies) can bring about a greater inclusion of our full history as we become vital components in educational and business income streams around the world.

We are developing a wide variety of innovative programs, products and projects to ensure this happens. But, WE NEED YOUR HELP to create activities that will show coming generations and ourselves that we have a proud past that extends far beyond the American Holocaust (genocide, slavery, Jim Crow) and the Civil Rights Movements.

These are YOUR websites. They can be programmed to serve your specific needs for information about people of African descent around the world. At the end of each major section, you will find BLANK IDEA PAGES for you to tell us how you want to make better use this information.

<GET INVOLVED>

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