The African Renaissance Monument towers over Dakar, Senegal. Designed by Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby, it’s the tallest statue in Africa.
Revealed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Senegal’s independence from France, the monument makes clear what the country wants for the next 50 years - continued freedom, advancement, and progress.
The statues and monuments of a country, society, or culture reflect its values. That’s why so many white Americans cherish the statues and monuments dedicated to racists and white supremacists, and why so many others advocate to have them taken down.
Imagine walking through the day and having this massive celebration of Blackness peering down at you! Here’s hoping more and more monuments celebrating Blackness - instead of racism - can pop up on our side of the Pacific Ocean as well!