Interestingly enough, I took this picture before finding out this information...now, to see the kid's feet on the sidewalk holds a whole new meaning as I contemplate the unnamed dead beneath us at that moment. This bronze statue, entitled Africa Rising, shows an African woman looking west towards slavery, her wings clipped back, stripped of her liberty while the back of her looks east, to Africa, her wings spread wide open in joyous praise of freedom.
Sankofa means learn from the past...I certainly learned much about this little known national landmark. But more importantly, I re-learned an important truth...that we are all family, members of one race, the human race. Those who have gone before me are my brothers and sisters who suffered and died and were left uncared for. Today I honor with my photos both the dead and the living that continue to suffer and die and are left uncared for. May we all be reminded of our responsibility to care for others, our brothers and sisters, in a broken world. Sankofa...learn from the past.