• Short Summary

    The fifth anniversary of Black People's Day was celebrated in Ethiopia on Sunday (4 January) with music in the streets from military bands, and a programme of cultural events and lectures which highlighted the achievements of black people all over the world.

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    The fifth anniversary of Black People's Day was celebrated in Ethiopia on Sunday (4 January) with music in the streets from military bands, and a programme of cultural events and lectures which highlighted the achievements of black people all over the world.

    In the capital Addis Ababa, the brass bands of the Army, Police and the Municipal Authority, played appropriate music in the city's main public squares. One of the biggest crowds was attracted to Minilik Square where the Army Brass Band was providing musical entertainment.

    The anniversary always falls on the first Sunday of each new year, which was designated as Black Peoples' Day by the "Societe Africaine de la Culture" five years ago. The day was later endorsed by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

    Throughout the day the flags of all the 46 member-States of the OAU were flown from mastheads in the city squares, as well as over Africa Hall and Africa Unity House. In addition there were special programmes broadcast by the Ethiopian Radio and Television Services.

    In a message to the Ethiopian people the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr. Ato Tsegaye Gebre Medhin, explained the significance of the day. He said it symbolised humanity's interdependence and oneness, irrespective of differences of race, creed or culture.

    SYNOPSIS: The main squares of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, rang to the sound of music throughout Sunday. Brass bands from the Army, the Police and the Municipal Authority, provided musical entertainment for the crowds that gathered to listen.

    It was all part of the country's celebrations for the fifty anniversary of Black Peoples' Day. In addition the day was marked by a programme of cultural events and lectures highlighting the achievements of black people all over the world.

    One of the biggest crowds gathered in Minilik Square to hear the Army's brass band. Their recital consisted of a selection of tunes appropriate to the occasion.

    The anniversary always falls on the first Sunday of each new year, which was designated as Black Peoples' Day by the Society of African Culture five years ago.

    The Day has also been endorsed by the Organisation for African Unity-six member-states of the OAU were flown from Masaheads in the main squares. In addition there were special programmes broadcast by the Ethiopian Radio and Television Services. But the main pleasure of the day for most people was the music in the streets.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7FIN2JJCTTLVS5KIS347CPTYQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7FIN2JJCTTLVS5KIS347CPTYQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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