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International Mother Language Day & the Black Letter Media Pledge

Black Letter Media is celebrating International Mother Language Day by focusing on authors who write and publish Afrikan Language literature and by selling African Language literature at Book Lover’s Market. Read more about it in the two blogs posts below.

The 14th annual International Mother Language Day is on the 21st of February, this Friday.

In her message,  UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova wrote,

“The protection and promotion of mother languages are keys to global citizenship and authentic mutual understanding. Understanding and speaking more than one language leads to a greater understanding of the wealth of cultural interactions in our world. Recognizing local languages enables more people to make their voices heard and take an active part in their collective fate. That is why UNESCO makes every effort to promote the harmonious coexistence of the 7,000 languages spoken by humanity.”  ((UNESCO Director-General’s Message. 2014.

Wow, 7000 languages.

read the rest of this blog here.


Black Letter Media wasn’t created out of a vacuum, this company is inspired by an age-old culture of storytelling. And so, this International Mother Language Day, I’m making a pledge, as a reminder that Afrika has so many untold stories, undiscovered and hidden storytellers for whom this movement was created.

This is my Black Letter Media pledge; a commitment to always face, head on, the challenge to:

read our pledge here.


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