Today’s Holiday: Joseph Jenkins Roberts’s Birthday

Today’s Holiday:
Joseph Jenkins Roberts’s Birthday

Joseph Jenkins Roberts (1809-1876), Liberia’s first and seventh president, led the movement for an independent Liberia, established in 1848. This day (also known as J. J. Roberts Day) is also an occasion to pay homage to Liberia’s historical role as Africa’s oldest republic. In many respects, Roberts’s birthday stands apart from other holidays that recognize Liberian notables because he was a member of the established Americo-Liberian elite, a group historically criticized for wielding control over the country’s indigenous population for more than a century. More…:

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