What is the significance and meaning of this day to us as Africans? John Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826), one of the founding fathers and the second President of the United States (1797-1801) wrote to his wife, Abigail as follows:
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
What occupied the minds of the founding fathers? Why did they choose to declare independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain? How did they feel about breaking the umbilical cord? How did the founding fathers feel leading up to 1776? Were they up to the task of building a new nation? They must have asked who would underwrite the independence project. The project has lasted for the last 235 years with no unlawful seizure of power. A country of 300 million people became the world’s leading nation. How could they succeed without aid from the former mother country?
The Meaning of July Fourth for the African majority With full sovereignty vested in the people of Africa and colonists making the rules. The founding fathers of post-colonial Africa also wanted to make their own rules informed by the interests of the governed.
They also no longer wanted outsiders to be able to tell them what to do, so they decided to tell imperial powers that they genuinely associated independence with prosperity but the results have been disappointing.
What does it mean to be independent if independence was meant to allow the majority to take care of themselves, making your own rules and providing for your own needs?
What does independence stand for in regards to you and me?
Freedom, Justice, Democracy & Equality!!!!!!!!!