Juneteenth 2009.
Article Type: Poem
Author: Johnson-Redd, Larry Ukali
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: 306754366
Full Text: Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd (ljredd52@aol.com) has a B.A. in Political Science and Ethnic Studies (University of San Francisco), a M.P.A. (Golden Gate University), an administrative credential, and a M.A. in Educational Administration (San Francisco State University). He is also the author of The Black Expatriate in Africa (1982), Journey to the Motherland: From San Francisco to Benin City (2002), History to Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry (2003), Loving Black Women (2006), and Long Distance Love (2010), an autobiographical love story about a struggling writer-school administrator who travels to Nigeria after a 24 year absence.

In the context of Long Distance Love this poet, writer and school administrator sits in his principal or site leader's office and dreams about returning to Nigeria and writing a new novel. A good Nigerian friend then decides to introduce him to his niece in Lagos, Nigeria. The relationship blossoms online, through the telephones and through letters. Ukali travels to Nigeria for the first time in 24 years to meet his lovely fiance to be. While he waits and goes through the finance visa process, he writes some of the most beautiful poetry ever written while professing his love to Ese. Ese is younger than Ukali. Eventually a visa is given after 4 years and his young fiance arrives, only to get cold feet and returns to Nigeria.

While in Nigeria Ukali flies to his beloved Benin City and upcountry to a village called Ubiaja in Edo State in Nigeria, 80 miles up country where he runs into twin politician friends whom he had not seen for 24 years. What a friend's reunion! How do you think this story ends? One will need to read to the conclusion to see how this autobiographical love story of an African-American and a Nigerian unfolds. The book and other resources by the author can be accessed at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nttathrdpsr1? encoding=UTF8&search-alias=digital-text&field- author=Larry%20Ukali%20Johnson- Redd


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Juneteenth 2009

   To the mighty
   3/5ths unequal
   The mighty
   Juneteeth People
   This is
   Our special day
   To say
   In our special way
   We are here and
   Obama, Obama, Obama leads the way
   With Michelle
   In the white house today
   Through trials
   And great tribulation
   We fought on for
   Our Black liberation
   To the mighty
   3/5ths unequal
   Listen and learn well
   Hear me my people
   Love or at least respect
   No matter where
   they come from
   Embrace Black Self Love
   My beautiful people
   So we can be alive and
   have a sequel
   for our ancestors from Africa
   To our ancestors all over America
   No Chains on our
   Hands and feet
   They even say
   We are free
   To the mighty
   Juneteeth People
   We will be equal
   And Obama, Obama, Obama is our sequel
   This is our story
   Our days of Black Glory
   You and Me--WE
   Are Black History
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