|Cambridge, Maryland, The Tubman Mural |
by Michael Rosato
|Mayor Jackson-Stanley, Sanders|
|Cambridge Mayor Jackson-Stanley|
|Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey|
|Foote, Garvey, Sanders, Togo Amb.|
We still have a long way to go to mutually understand, and respect each other, but more importantly what these full circle moments and revival on appreciating Tubman's life, strength and courage mean is that many recognize:
-- That the work of being better people to each other is far from done;
-- That America needs to be regularly reminded of the important contributions that the first generations of Africans made to the Americas, and that all their future descendants -- African Americans -- were critical then as well as now in making America what it is today;
-- That neither the history nor the contributions of African Americans to the United States should never be forgotten; and
-- That the Africa Diaspora -- defining Diaspora with a big "D" -- to be inclusive of African nationals past and present, African American, and African immigrants to the United States, have shared ties, shared histories, and will always remain connected as a result.
The revival of Harriet Tubman's legacy and seminal tomes like the 1619 Project have helped return these critical issues to the front burner. Let's hope, however, that in this 400th year, and the hard years traveled from 1619-2019, that we can do better going forward to stem the current turn in certain places in the world that doesn't put our humanity and protecting human and civil rights first above all else.