Black People : Pan African Veterans

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    On October 4, 1935, Fascist Italy invaded Ethiopia. Being the only non-colonized African country besides Liberia, the invasion of Ethiopia caused a profound response amongst African Americans.[11] African Americans organized to raise money for medical supplies, and many volunteered to fight for the African kingdom.[12] Within eight months, however, Ethiopia was overpowered by the advanced weaponry and mustard gas of the Italian forces.

    Many years later Haile Selassie I would comment on the efforts: "We can never forget the help Ethiopia received from Negro Americans during the crisis...It moved me to know that Americans of African descent did not abandon their embattled brothers, but stood by us."[12]

    Ayele Bekerie's “African Americans and the Italo-Ethiopian War,”
     
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