This Time-line Segment presents information regarding the arrival of Barack Hussein Obama (Senior) in the United States of America and his arrival in Hawaii.
The information available is both copious and sketchy. Much has been written about Airlift-Africa and its’ parent association the African-American Students Association and about some of the members of each group that were involved. What has received less attention is the roll of the Peoples’ Friendship University (aka: Patrice Lumumba University) in Moscow, U.S.S.R. in serving as a catalyst for Tom Mboya’s (and probably others’) efforts.
The issue of course is one of the chicken and the egg. Simply put: Did the Soviet Union plan their university for promising foreign students first or did the United States start importing Asian and African students just to get a jump on the U.S.S.R.? The fact remains that both educational programs were more alike than different except in the details of educational settings.
Little can be found on the web about the pre-founding of the Peoples’ Friendship University, that great and important educational project founded on February 5, 1960 in the U.S.S.R. to promote Internationalism, the Internationale, and the Soviet Union and the soviet lifestyle itself. The school (in the published history) just starts on February 5th, with classes in Russian, teaching the Russian language. By the following September 1st the courses and the curriculum have mightily grown as the 539 foreign students from 59 foreign countries move on from just taking Russian to courses in Engineering, History, Philology, Medicine, Agriculture, Science, Law and Economics.
A disproportionate number of the students were from Africa, a number were from Kenya, from the pictures there were almost an equal number of men and women. All tuition, boarding, rooming, and transportation were of course free. The recruiting of these special students of course started long before their arrival in Moscow on or about February 5th. How long before? Let’s just say that the pressure was on circa 1959 or maybe as early as 1958. So few of the details are really known (at least in the West); it is a lot like trying to find source documents on either Obama (Senior) or Obama (II). So much is secret. I wonder why.
This brings us back to Tom Mboya and his friends and his trips and his efforts at raising money. “Follow the money,” is what is often said. This fact alone raises questions. His (really apparently the records of Cora Weiss – the executive director and student adviser of the African-American Students Foundation from 1959 to 1963) records (the written records) are inconsistent. The documents first attest that 250,000 letters were written to raise just $43,167.78. The postage alone (at 3 cents per stamp) would cost $7,500 and that would not include typing addresses, much less the printing of a paper form or buying any envelope even.
However, we do know the cost of this mailing. It cost $13,303.05 – 20 cents each according to the records. So someone spent $50,000 to raise $43,167.78. So now we get to the basis and basics of published lies. The historical narrative (document) says that 250,000 letters went out, hence the cost of $50,000. However, the budget (document) says that only 66,345 letters were really sent (including replies), hence the total cost of some $36,000 less. Well, maybe. The budget document also claims that the postage for the 66,345 letters and replies cost only $100 – let’s see, that’s just .0015 cents per letter; how nice!
which was a project well along in planning, building, and the recruitment of students during the time when Tom Mboya was rounding up money and students for his U.S.A. counterpart program project.
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HAWAII STATEHOOD – 50th STATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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Honolulu – University of Hawaii at Mānoa
BARACK OBAMA (Sr.) MOVES TO HAWAII
An antidote to the origins of the Patrice Lumumba University.
The Peoples’ Friendship University was established by the government of the Soviet Union on February 5, 1960. The Soviet government decided to establish Peoples’ Friendship University in response to the requests of former colonial countries.
On February 22, 1961, it was renamed in honour of Patrice Lumumba, (Patris Lumumba) the leader of what later became the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who had been overthrown and murdered in a coup only days earlier. In the first year, 539 foreign students from 59 countries were enrolled (plus 57 Soviet students).
At the age of 23, (in 1959) Barack Hussein Obama (Senior) (born at an unknown date and month in 1936, in Kenya) moves to Hawaii to pursue his education, leaving behind a pregnant wife (Kezia Obama) and infant son in his home town of Nyang’oma Kogelo in Kenya.
“When Senior arrived in Hawaii in June 1959, Kenya’s future president, Jomo Kenyatta was in jail in Kenya,” as reported by a story done in a Hawaiian paper (name of paper? does a copy of the article exist?) after he arrived:
“The Washington Post reported that when Barack Obama, Sr. first arrived in Hawaii he was interviewed by the Hawaiian Press, (there is no newspaper by that name, the “P” should be lower case) the reporter Hirozawa relays Obama’s comments, “he would study business administration and wanted to return to Kenya to help with its transition from tribal customs to a modern economy.”
He was concerned, he said, about his generation’s disorientation as Kenyans rejected old ways yet struggled with “westernization,” the date of the story was June, 1959.
WND has found in the newspaper archives at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., a Honolulu Star-Bulletin article by reporter Shurei Hirozawa, published Sept. 19, 1959. The article contains an interview with Barack Obama Sr. shortly after he arrived in Hawaii from Kenya.
Obama was not on the list of 81 Kenyan students in the Airlift Africa Project (officially: Project Airlift-Africa 1959) that arrived at Idlewild airport in New York on September 9, 1959. However, the African-American Students Foundation (AASF) records clearly state that an additional 3 students (see PDF file) came by commercial aircraft at a later date. The clear assumption is that Barack Hussein Obama (Senior) was one of these three later unnamed students.
From Kenya to America – by Cora Weiss – published May 7, 2010
Letters to the Editor of the New York Times
“I would like to add to the account of the airlift of African students mentioned by in his speech at Selma in 2007 and described in ’s review of “The Bridge” (April 11).
In 1959, the American Committee on Africa invited Tom Mboya, Kenya’s charismatic labor and liberation leader, to this country for a university speaking tour to seek scholarships so that Kenyans and East Africans could secure the education never offered under British colonialism. Independence was around the corner, and East Africa needed educated nation-builders. Mboya, with the support of William X. Scheinman,, , , Frank Montero, Mrs. Ralph Bunche, Mrs. Chester Bowles, Ted Kheel, a host of educators and me, started the African American Students Foundation, which brought 779 students here between 1959 and 1963.
Barack Obama Sr., who greatly admired Mboya, did not come on the first flight, but he was a member of the airlift generation, arriving here in 1959 with the support of two American women teachers. While he was a student at the, the A.A.S.F. gave him three grants. The story of the airlift is told in “Airlift to America,” by Tom Shachtman, and the papers of the A.A.S.F. are at .”
The writer was the executive director and student adviser of the African American Students Foundation from 1959 to 1963.