Google Doodle Today Celebrating Martin Dibobe – Today’s Doodle is celebrating Cameroonian train driver Martin Dibobe. In 1919, Dibobe and 17 other African people petitioned the German government for independence and civil rights for all people in Germany’s colonial empire.
Who is Cameroonian train driver Martin Dibobe
- Dibobe was born in 1876 in Cameroon and became a German colony in 1884.
- He was the son of a Douala chief and learned to read and write in a missionary school.
- German Govt ordered Dibobe and many other Africans in Berlin to participate in an ethnographic display designed to teach Germans about daily life in Africa and gather support for colonialism.
- In 1886, Dibobe and 100 other Africans were shipped to Berlin on a steamboat.
- After the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, Germany gave its colonies to France and Britain.
- Dibobe appealed to Germany’s National Assembly.
- The Dibobe petition included 32 demands supporting equal rights for the country’s African migrants, however, it was dismissed by the government.
Guest Artist Q&A with Helene Baum-Owoylee
Today’s Doodle has been illustrated by Berlin-based guest artist Helene Baum-Owoyele.
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