Black Revo­lu­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - ARTS & EDUCATION - – Erika Hes­lop Martin

Out of the abyss of slav­ery. Out of the depths of apartheid. Rooted in ra­cial dis­crim­i­na­tion and coloni­sa­tion. We a travel di lan. Wid a pur­pose and a plan. Ed­u­cat­ing the masses for a Pan-African ed­u­ca­tion. En­light­en­ing and em­pow­er­ing the peo­ple to eradicate slav­ery and deep seg­re­ga­tion.

Uni­fi­ca­tion of a frac­tured na­tion must be formed in our imag­i­na­tion. Unity is strength! Di­vi­sion is weak­ness! We are the chil­dren of the first civ­i­liza­tion. March­ing for­ward into eman­ci­pa­tion And we must re­build our African na­tion.

Re­mem­ber the strug­gles of Mar­cus Mosiah Gar­vey,

Nanny of the Ma­roons, Paul Bogle, Sam Sharpe, Norman Wash­ing­ton Manley,

Sir Alexan­der Bus­ta­mante and Ge­orge Wil­liam Gor­don.

Our na­tional he­roes, for­ever etched in the con­tours of our minds and hearts. We are seek­ing a revo­lu­tion, lead­ing to a new el­e­va­tion. Cre­at­ing new world con­di­tions for Africans. We tired a poverty...lack of money and no food! Di pick­ney dem hun­gry, Crime and vi­o­lence a tek ova di mind and body. We tired a di fight­ing and back­bit­ing. We tired a di crab-in-a-bar­rel men­tal­ity. Bad-mind a tek over di peo­ple dem.

They re­moved our an­ces­tral mem­ory, We need a cleans­ing, a pu­rifi­ca­tion Of all di neg­a­tiv­ity that sur­rounds us. Stop di barefaced rob­bery and killing! My peo­ple have for­got­ten their his­tory. Re­mem­ber the ma­roon wars for lib­erty. We need a restora­tion of pos­i­tiv­ity. Haitian rev­o­lu­tion­ary fight­ers fought in unity. We a bawl Mama Africa, we a bawl. We bun dung plan­ta­tion slav­ery. We a bawl Mama Africa, we a bawl. We need a change now! A change must come. Di sis­tem mash up! We need a revo­lu­tion! Dash weh di cor­rup­tion! Let us stop the de­struc­tion and forge the way for a re­con­struc­tion. Mek wi start a revo­lu­tion, An evo­lu­tion, a black revo­lu­tion.

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