It's that time of the year again. Black History Month is upon us once again. That means it is time for the annual Kandace Presents . . . Black History thread. This year's thread will focus on the region of West Africa, a region that has been very much in the news recently. Timbuktu, Djenne, and Gao, ancient West African cties most frequently bandied about in African Studies courses, are now bylines for international news articles:
In Africa the West’s foes will claim the desert.
The U.S. airlift of French forces to Mali to fight Islamic extremists is expected to go on for another two weeks, Pentagon officials said.
This thread will provide a brief outline of the civilizational background of this region that has recently burst into Western consciousness (and is destined to loom ever larger in Western affairs).