African Family Reunion.
|Publication:||Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601|
|Issue:||Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 1|
Linda Mayfield-Hayes is a Brooklyn born poet, known to the on-line
poetry community as Slendah, believes Blacks should be proud of their
heritage and others should try to understand it. In her book,
"Afroetry", she uses poetry as a means of teaching Black
people about their history, heritage and culture. These are lessons that
were never taught in school. Though many of her poems reveal the
hardships people of color have endured, they were written to open
people's eyes to the fact that Blacks are a strong race of people
able to succeed against all odds, while at the same time, contributing
significantly to human progress. She wrote this book with zealous
devotion to people of African descent, in hopes of reminding them of
their strengths, inspiring them to get back on track, and motivating
them to strive to be all that God intended. The above poems are from her
book "AFROETRY: Afrocentric Poetry that Educates and
Motivates", the book is available through http://www.lulu.com/
slendah and at http://www.amazon.com.
African Family Reunion African family reunion How interesting it would be To follow Alex Haley And retrace our family tree; Back to our native homeland Uganda, Kenya or Chad To see how African life was Before the good things went bad; It's sad we can only retrace To a time when our people were slaves Ancient ancestral traditions Carried with them to their graves; We know little of our heritage They refuse to teach it in school Celebrating ethnic diversity Is something we should all want to do; An in dept research of black history Would offer an amazing surprise We've contributed much to world progress The truth would open your eyes.
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