African Family Reunion.
Article Type: Poem
Subject: Poetry
Author: Mayfield-Hayes, Linda
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
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
Accession Number: 306754381
Full Text: 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 slendah and at
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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