Happy J.J. Roberts Day! Every year on March 15th Liberians celebrate the birthday of Liberia's first president, Joseph Jenkins Roberts.
In 1829, Roberts migrated from Virginia to Liberia at the age of 20. Many believe that Roberts was worried about the recent passing of unofficial US laws referred to as the Black Codes, which limited the basic human rights of African-Americans.
When Roberts died in 1876, he left a large sum of money ($10,000) and dedicated his assets to be used for the improvement of Liberia’s educational system. Because of his generosity, the people of Liberia made his birthday, March 15th, a national holiday- which for me means a day of of work spent surfing!