I am the diaspora

(I figure that the web address “iamthediaspora” might need some explaining…)

One of the reasons I looked forward to starting my postsecondary education at Pomona College was the opportunity to take a class I had seen in the course catalog: Professor Sidney Lemelle’s “Slavery and Freedom in the New World”.  I remember shyly approaching Dr. Lemelle when I came to visit the campus as a hopeful and clueless high school senior.  He explained that the course had something to do with this thing called the African diaspora. I wasn’t quite sure what this “diaspora” business was, but I walked away with the understanding that this class covered the experiences of blacks both in and outside of the United States.  And for me, this was HUGE.  Continue reading