African Presence in New Jersey

This post continues our Wednesday series that highlights historic Middle Passage/UNESCO Site of Memory markers that have been installed and those locations where a remembrance ceremony was held since MPCPMP incorporated 9 years ago. MPCPMP is/was involved in the planning for the installation of most of these markers (indicated by an * next to the state name), and other organizations are/were responsible for some. New  Jersey* As early as 1626, Read More

“In Memory of the Past, Present and Future”

To whom we say: We must forget, we must move forward. You must forget? Is forgetting the keyword to face the Unreal, the Ugly… A Pain alive in our collective brain… collective cells? Is forgetting sufficient for the bloody reality of the color of my skin? Is forgetting will forget the Un-Real, the Sur-Real of our Bloody wounds… Alive in the Atlantic Ocean Millions of voices Millions of Tears My Read More

The Tribe of the Middle Passage: A Shared History and One Drop Rule

My roots are tangled…. A blend of black, white and red, I am labeled Creole, mulatto, mixed, colored in every sense. Enslaved by the ‘one-drop-rule’ But liberated by the truth That all blood is red.                        Betty Saar In her recently published book, Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman narrates her experiences and thoughts related to finding one’s ethnic roots in Read More

Making America

Recently someone wrote that the impact of struggles, challenges, and accomplishments associated with people of African descent over centuries in this land is what has defined and made America great. This idea goes far beyond the “Canary in the Mine” concept published in a previous blog post (December 18, 2011). The attribution is far greater than simply a measure of the national status quo. As a people deliberately and consistently Read More

Ain’t Nothing New– It’s Old; It’s Familiar

Recently, we have been bombarded with news of government policies that enforced automatic separation of immigrant children from their parents who were seeking asylum at our Southern border. Defined by federal officials (ICE and Department of Justice) as entering the country illegally, the parents were detained (incarcerated) and the children placed in the “care” of the U.S. Department of Human Services. Although we are told that this practice has stopped, Read More