Ukweli is Swahili for "Truth," and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee identified four truths: forensic, personal, social, and healing. Our poetry, lecture, and dialogue series seeks healing truth as poet and writer Horace Mungin reads his poetry in a place created to enslave his ancestors. The reading will be followed by black scholars and authors who contextualize the poems. Radio host Osei Chandler moderates discussions around Black perspectives of history that are often minimalized at historic sites and museums.
Each event is free to the first 50 participants, thereafter entry is included with your park admission. No preregistration is required.
March 7, 1-2:30 p.m.
A Dark Darkness: The poems "Khadija" and "The Lashing of Patsey of Bayou Boeuf Plantation" recall the Atlantic Slave Trade and the brutal treatment allotted to Africans after arrival. In this exploration, led by author Herb Frazier, it is revealed how slave labor built the American economy that privileged so many generations of white Americans.
May 16, 1-2:30 p.m.
Establishing the Literary Link: The poem "God’s Pen in Their Hands" presents Black women who applied the power of the pen to resist and oppose the oppression and inequal treatment of Black people. Yvette Murray will illustrate how Black women were often the leading literary voices during many of the crucial periods of racial conflict and turmoil such as the lynching and civil rights eras.