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Cont’d from 1 Keith Harrison McLeod, Junior Prosper, Anthony Ashford, Dominic Hutchinson, Paterson Brown, Lamontez Jones, Bettie Jones, Alonzo Smith,  Tyree Crawford India Kager, Janet Wilson, Sylville Smith, Benni Lee Tignor, Yvonne Smallwood, Kayla Moore  and all other names, known and unknown, that represent human beings who are our kin.

 We support the protests in the United States and across the world as our people demand justice for any and all racial killings whether by police or civilians. We are aware that these are not quiet protests. We do not expect it and neither should the United States of America. The killings were not done quietly. The police brutality and state sanctioned murders were done loudly with no fear of consequences from those who perpetrated them. We acknowledge the African Union’s condemnation of the United States government’s  continuous terrorism towards African-Americans. We believe that the African Union can and should do better. We ask that African governments recognise our alliance and connections with our brothers and sisters across borders, from America to Brazil and through the rest of the diaspora. That they offer those who choose it: refuge, homes and citizenship in the name of pan-Africanism. W e d e m a n d that the American legal institutions independently investigate every police killing as well as investigate any complaint against police violence. We demand that any accused be suspended without pay until a fair trial clears them of charges. In essence, we are asking the United States of America to be

brave enough to adhere to its own bill of rights so that it can be the land of the free for ALL Americans regardless of colour, creed or sexual orientation. We assert that Black Lives Matter. As writers, we raise our fists in solidarity with those who refuse to be silenced. To our brothers and sisters in the United States, we stand with you. We ask all decent human beings to join us in being our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. As they protest in the United States, please give whatever donations you can to

 

#BlackLivesMatter SIGNED:

1. Chris Abani

2. Kelvin Nonvignon Adantchede

3. Ali J Ahmed

4. Abdilatif Abdalla

5. Yasmin Abdel -Magied

6. Leila Aboulela

7. Leye Adenle

8. Bisi Adjapon

9. Jose Eduardo Agualusa

10. Ali J Ahmed

11. Júlio de Almeida 12. Ayesha Harruna

Attah

13. Sefi Atta

14. Meti Birabiro

15. Tanella Boni

16. Nana BrewHammond

17. Noviolet Bulawayo 18. Shadreck Chikoti 19. Nana Awere Damoah

20. Tolu Daniel

21. Ibrahim El Khalil Diallo

22. Boubacar Boris Diop

23. Raoul Djimeli

24. Edwige Dro

25. Ainehi Edoro-Glines

26. Chike Frankie Edozien

27. Filinto Elisio

28. Kalaf Epalanga

29. Amir Tag Elsir

30. Mona Eltahawy

31. Ubah Cristina Ali Farah

32. Virgilia Ferrao

33. Aminatta Forna

34. Chimeka Garricks 35. Kadija George

36. Laurence Gnaro 37. Hawa Jande Golakai

38. Isatou Alwar Graham

39. Francisco Guita Jr 40. Helon Habila

41. Osman Ahmed Hassan

42. Suad Sadig Hassan 43. Pede Hollist

44. Abdelmoumin Ibrahim

45. Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

46. Tsitsi Ella Jaji

47. Nozizwe Cynthia Jele

48. Mamle Kabu

49. Mubanga Kalimamukwento

50. Tamanda Kanjaye 51. Precious Colette Kemigisha

52. Grada Kilomba

53. Moses Kilolo

54. David Lukudu

55. Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

56. Angela Makholwa

57. Nick Makoha

58. Jennifer Makumbi 59. Napo Masheane 60. Mohale Mashigo 61. Makanaka Mavengere

62. Eusebius Mckaiser 63. José Luís Mendonça

64. Maaza Mengiste 65. Thando Mgqolozana

66. Niq Mhlongo

67. Amna Mirghani 68. Nadifa Mohamed 69. Natalia Molebatsi 70. Yara Monteiro

71. Merdi Mukore

72. Marie-Louise Mumbu

73. Richard Ali Mutu 

74. Kevin Mwachiro 75. Remy Ngamije76. Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu

77. Mukoma wa Ngugi 78. Nducu Wa Ngugi 79. Natasha Omokhodion-Banda 80. Ondjaki

81. Troy Onyango

82. Tochi Onyebuchi 83. Chinelo Okparanta 84. Gabriel Adil Osman

85. Ladan Osman

86.  Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

87. Nii Ayikwei Parkes 88. Abreu Paxe

89. Mbate Pedro

90. Pepetela

91. Yovanka Paquete

Perdigão

92. Hannah Azieb Pool

93. Jorge Querido

94. Sanaa Abu Qussasa

95. Djamila Ribeiro

96. Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin

97. Mohamedou Ould Salahi

98. Hassan Ghedi Santur

99. Malebo Sephodi 100. Lemya Shammat 101. Lola Shoneyin 102. Lemn Sissay

103. Kola Tubosun 104. Chika Unigwe 105. Abdourahman Waberi

106. Zukiswa Wanner

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