Breaking Rocks: Memorials and the AfroAtlantic People

Propelled by Legba the African divinity deemed the Guardian of the Road and Gatekeeper, both as a human rights activist and a Vodou priest, I spent over 10 years following the footsteps of the apparitions of our people along on the Atlantic perimeter.  Those in the Ancestral Realm on their paths of grief, triumph, struggle and liberation, spoke to me, letting me know their stories need a voice.

Redlining a Holocaust, Memorials and the People of the AfroAtlantic: Wòch kase wòch is an interdisciplinary analysis of the Maafa known as the transatlantic slave trade in captive Africans, made through the lens of the photographic, sociopolitical, and philosophical. The text and its photos capture my geospiritual journey in the Americas, Africa and Europe. Its essays recount the contemporary human rights struggles of the global African community. It examines how public spaces become sacred, the role of spirituality in the enslavement of Africans and our/their descendants. The right to memory, and the arguments regarding Reparations are among the complex issues raised and responded to in the work.  

By HM Queen Mother Rev. Dr. Dòwòti Désir

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