A book entitled “The Black Race by Ho Chi Minh and Selected Works on Systemic Racism” made debut in Canada at a virtual launch on February 20 during which participants highly valued the late Vietnamese leader’s thought of the issue.
President Ho Chi Minh at his working room in the Viet Bac revolutionary base in 1951 (File photo: VNA)
– A book entitled “The Black Race
by Ho Chi Minh and Selected Works on Systemic Racism” made debut in Canada at a
virtual launch on February 20 during which participants highly valued the late
Vietnamese leader’s thought of the issue.
The author, Prof. Nguyen Dai Trang, chose February to introduce
this book, with the English and Vietnamese versions, as this is the month when
many festivals and events take place in Canada to honour heritage of African-Canadians.
Trang, who has spent more than 25 years on collecting,
studying, and writing about President Ho Chi Minh, told the Vietnam News Agency
that “The Black Race” was written in French by Ho Chi Minh in 1925, and its
Russian version was published in the former Soviet Union (now Russia) in 1928.
Only few people have a chance to read it, she said, and not
many readers have known about his considerable influence on the national
liberation movements in Africa, as well as the movements protesting against
wars and seeking equality for people of African descent in the US.
This has encouraged Trang to gather 20 articles by Ho Chi
Minh, including 12 from “The Black Race” and seven others written in the 1922 -
1924 and 1963 - 1966 periods, in this book, she noted.
Prof. Nguyen Dai Trang, the author of the book "The Black Race by Ho Chi Minh and Selected Works on Systemic Racism” (Photo: VNA)
She added that the death of African-American
man George Floyd from police violence in late May 2020, which triggered a wave
of anti-racism protests, further fueled her efforts to complete the book about
Ho Chi Minh’s thought of racial equality, which has become more urgent than
Prof. Anita Agrawal, an activist for gender and
income equality and CEO of Best Bargains Jewellery, emphasised the historical
and contemporary significance of the selected works on racism by Ho Chi Minh.
Agrawal said she is impressed that pressing
issues like the fight for equality for the coloured people, especially the
black, were mentioned by the late leader nearly 100 years ago.
Femi Oloruntoba, co-Director of the Canada - Vietnam
Trade Council, described the selected works by Ho Chi Minh as a great reminder
so that coloured people can gain lessons when taking part in the “Black Lives
Matter” movement and building future action plans./.