Black History Month Series, Poetry

Black Thoughts I Be

Blue skies topple As clouds shift into shadow hunters, Robing the sun’s reflection of the blood moon. Winds breath a stale stench of Deferred Dreams. As fog lingers in the arms of natures weave, Senescence slowly envelope youth as a snail dries out. Fleeting sanity into nothingness up empty pages. Wandering. Purposely seeking freedom in a hegemonical country Built on…

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Black History Month Series

Freedom’s Journal, The United State’s First Black Owned Newspaper

Representation is an important aspect of the society that one is apart of. If a person within a society does feels misrepresented, it’s their duty to offer an alternative form of representation for themselves and others like them. Prior to the 17th century there were no Black news outlets in the United States. Meaning that although there were millions of…

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Black History Month Series

The Preservation of Seattle’s Black History- Shelf Life Project – Documentation of Gentrification

Yesterday the Apple Promenade building was torn down, when I initially saw the video my heart dropped. Although I knew that the day was coming, this was the day that the project had been preparing for that initially inspired activists to collect stories, even then I couldn’t help but be surprised as the concrete was destroyed to make room for…

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Black History Month Series

African Americans in Times of War- Black Slave and Medical Pioneer 

This year’s theme for Black History Month is “African Americans in Times of War”. The nation is called to reflect on Blacks contribution to American war on the 100th anniversary of World War 1 (WW1). WW1 was fought in 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The assassination was blamed on the Serbian government…

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Black History Month Series

The African Resistance to the Slave Trade, Never Rejected but History Deflected

Black History Month Series Why Do this This is my second year of Sawari’s Black History Month series. The series includes daily articles, poems and other forms of writing art recognizing Black history. I like to take advantage of these few weeks in the year as a time of education and reflection. Being very intentional in learning about different elements…

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End Prison Slavery

Incompetent Lawyer Disbarred while Client Still Suffers Behind Bars

Imagine being wrongly convicted Accused of a crime you didn’t commit, blamed for a wrong you couldn’t even begin to reconcile. Now imagine being sentenced to death. Now ask yourself what’s the biggest mistake you can make in that position? In a country bent towards prosecuting you, simply because you’re worth more incarcerated than free, the biggest mistake you can…

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Social Policy

Kwanzaa Day 6, Kuumba is in our Blood, Creativity is our Breath

Kuumba means Creativity Creativity is in our blood, we create as naturally as we breath. From music to clothing, businesses, inventions, hair styles, instruments and more; creativity is a part of our culture. During this sixth day of Kwanzaa I challenge each of us to tap into our creative spaces. Practicing our creativity clears the mind and the heart in…

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Social Policy

Kwanzaa’s Fifth Day Celebrates Nia, Purpose

Nia means Purpose On the fifth day we think about the principal of purpose which is popularly defined as, “To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”Our traditional greatness is dependent on each of our individual greatness. In order to unlock each of our individual greatness we…

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