The Monitor's View A day for Africans to rise

This year’s Africa Day was marked by a new movement that seeks to define liberation as starting within each African.


Across Africa on May 25, thousands of people celebrated Africa Day, an event first marked in 1963 to honor the continent’s liberation from colonial powers. This year, however, the day took on a new meaning of liberation. Many people used it for the first time, either in group forums or on the internet, to “liberate their minds and bring about self-governance,” as one organizer put it.