In this edition of Diplomatic Channel, correspondent, Amarachi Ubani, had an interview with an African American activist and a member of the Consistency for Africa, Sylvie Bello.
The Consistency for Africa was founded in 1990. The group is so diverse that you find people from all walks of life. Business men, college professors, former ambassadors and government officials.
Sylvie Bello is the founder of the Cameroon American Council.
She is a Cameroonian-American living her passion, advocating the rights of African-immigrants Americans in the US.
Having lived in the United States since she was 17, Sylvie shattered expectations of other ethnic Africans in high school and in college.
That experience coming to the US as a teenager, from bilingual Cameroon is the foundation of her becoming an activist.
She shared her experience and her efforts, as she champions the course of African migrants in the US.
Explaining the journey and struggle so far for African-Americans, she said: “For the last 50 years, we have been coming here and steadily and as voluntary migrants.
“Of course we have been coming to the US for 500 years as involuntary migrants.
“So, life in the US for the involuntary migrants has prepared us for today and this year, we’re celebrating 50 years of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because of the African-Americans who were here during the civil rights movement,” Bello said.
According to her the struggle of the African-Americans in the US was not an easy one.
“They fought for their right in America and made sure that you can have equity and equality in education, jobs, housing and many of the Act amenities that as African immigrants we enjoy today.
“Once they did that in 1964, in 1965 they passed the Immigration Act of 1965 which essentially open the gates for many folks of today, including myself.
“So since 1965 African immigrants have enjoyed the many benefits that come from being black in America which African-American brothers and sisters had worked hard for.
In the interview video, she spoke more of the rights that the Act of 1964 gave to black immigrants in America.