Today is a public holiday, Emancipation day for many of the Caribbean countries where we remember the abolition of slavery under the British empire around 1834-38. When I think about what that means and how our slave ancestors played an integral part in their own freedom, I am in awe of their courage. You see our African forefathers in many countries including Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia etc. were constantly fighting back and opposing their inhumane enslavement which eventually led to them winning the war for their liberation and ours. I am grateful to them for persisting, for being brave, for standing up against all the odds for what they KNEW to be a right as human beings.
I think of our great, great, (times how much ever) grandparents and what they endured, how scary and literally life-risking it was to dare and change their degrading, miserable living norms. Many of course paid the severe penalty of that choice with their lives. Thankfully for us (their future generations), we are FREE black men and women!
My heart feels immensely full and privileged as I think about this subject. My prayer is that as a people/race we and our future generations remain FREE and unenslaved in every area of our lives. We must never allow ourselves to be shackled or restricted or muzzled in anyway. We must exhibit the same grit and doggedness - that stubborn tenacity demonstrated by our ancestors for things we KNOW to be our inalienable rights!
The right to live and move unencumbered, to believe as we choose, the right to freedom of expression and access to knowledge, the right to travel, the right to fair opportunities, the right to make individual decisions (not given to herd mentalities) and/or the right to basic civil liberties.
So as we celebrate Emancipation from arguably the worst form of human slavery, today, may we all remain cognizant of our liberties and be ever willing to defend as necessary.
Happy Emancipation Day my fellow Bahamians and Caribbean people!!
Windsor has many passionate young leaders pushing for change, and this group wants to bring back the Emancipation Day celebrations that used to take place in Windsor. Please come out and support them and their future events!
Emancipation Day in Grenada. It is well worth celebrating that in 1833, across the British Caribbean, nearly a million people were freed from slavery (The slavery abolish act 1833 ended slavery August 1st 1834).
Ajani’s greatest joy during this period of online learning was the fact that he didn’t have to cut his hair.
Why is hair such a big deal in this country?! I have had constant “run-ins” and calls from prep school to high school about Ajani’s hair looking “un-kept”, “uncombed” etc.
Ajani has super tight curls, and once dried it just goes into its own shape and style regardless of how much combing and conditioning and products - 14 yrs later I am still trying to find what works best for these beautiful coils.
Whether he can’t pass the “pencil” test - yes a teacher said if the pencil can’t go through his hair it’s not combed 👀 to being told to keep it lower than 1 inch - yet boys with hair of a straighter nature get to grow their hair way beyond the 1 inch rule - I take note as I drive through the school in the mornings. Ajani’s hair has always been a struggle - well in this society.
When are we going to allow our kids to just be - to just enjoy their glorious hair in its natural state? #HappyEmancipationDay
Emancipate yourself from the negative views of others, from the self conscious fears of yourself and the acceptance of social media. Think Greatness, live greatness. Celebrate you.
Thank you to our ancestors who fought and bled for our freedoms.
Now, let's make them proud!