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Road Trip: A Slave’s Life

I wonder how many people have tried to imagine what a life of slavery must have been like. I have been confronted with slavery on numerous occasion, if you have read my other post you will remember that the most visceral for me was my visit to  Ghana. But even before I started blogging I […]

Oak Alley Plantation

Road Trip: Oak Alley Plantation (Louisiana)

  So once I got over the shock of looking at such beautiful places built on the back of slavery. I was able to once again get lost in the beauty of these amazing plantations. By far the one I was looking the most forward to seeing was Oak Alley Plantation, named after the row of […]

Evergreen Plantation

Road Tripping: Back to the Plantation (Louisiana)

The day was dreary, which I guess was befitting the mood of finding oneself going back to the plantation.  I sound like a runaway, but I was actually running towards the  plantation, several in fact.  The south has many antebellum mansions restored to their former glory. It is often a favorite pastime of Americans to […]

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Road Tripping: Chasing Liberty (AL)

One of the pleasures of driving to a destination, as opposed to flying, is that there are a myriad of opportunities to stop and see what life has to offer along the way. So it was in this spirit that I found myself in Birmingham Alabama. I planned to spend a few hours in Birmingham, […]

On Being Black in…

 In a time when there is a black president this shouldn’t even be a continuing topic of conversation… yet it is. To some people Mike Brown and Ferguson are old news, at least they are hoping that it becomes old news soon. But as I celebrate Labor Day among friends I find that the conversation […]

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The Hardest Break-Up

I have been having a love affair with India for over a decade, let’s be honest it is one of my longest lived relationships to date. I have spent many an hour staring out of a window dreaming about the day that I would get to stand in front of the Taj Mahal, listen to […]

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Perhaps…

    “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”   – Maya Angelou          

Street Art - Palestinian side of the Border
To Exist is to Resist

Holy Land in a Day (part 2)

The second part of our day started at the border crossing into Jerusalem.  As we approached the gate our Israeli guide exited the bus, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.  It was then that I noticed the sign prohibiting him from entering Palestine. It was a weird thing to approach something so blatant. It made me […]

Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle (Ghana)

It is incomprehensible for me to imagine that at one point the color of my skin was the only criteria used to determine my future. If I were writing this 200 years ago I would be chattel, little more than a beast of burden; I can’t even imagine. I have visited various sites in North America […]

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