The Victory of the Battle of Adwa is significant in the global struggle for liberation of Africans and people of African descent. It also dispels the myth of White supremacy and Black inferiority.
The battle took place March 1, 1896 and the Ethiopian Consulate in Los Angeles celebrated the day in conjunction with Black History Month with a recorded celebration Saturday, February 27. It was a historic, virtual 125th anniversary celebration.
Ethiopia is the only African country that has not been colonized. The Battle was the key battle that determined whether Ethiopia would remain a free independent state or become a colony of Italy.
The humiliating defeat interrupted Italy’s plans to expand its colonial empire in the Horn of Africa. The victory at Adwa was the greatest military victory by an African army over Europeans since Hannibal.
Meredith Beal, who has made contributions to Port Of Harlem served as emcee for the celebration. Ethiopian historians Dr. Solomon Addis Getahun, Professor of Ethiopian and African History and Dr. Shimelis Bonsa Gulema, Professor of Modern African History & Politics, shared the story of Adwa.