Linford Sweeney with Victor Richards, actor, author, poet, playwright and creator of 'Streets Paved with Gold' (with performances having global acclaim!)
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Black History in Pictures
A slide show highlighting some positive and some not seen before images of black people from the Ancient Egyptians through to modern times.
European ways are not African ways,
no respect for the intuition of ancient days,
Not this logical, restricted, and stagnant flow
instead a spiritual freedom and creative glow
All our history was designed to define us, combine us and refine us.
All their history did was to confine us, consign us and undermine us.
And yet we survived, through all the pain,
and still as strong and dignified people we remain.
The sacred laws of Ma'at - Truth, Justice and Harmony,
Spiritually connected to the divine universal ceremony;
where each enchanting, distant and pulsating star,
was admired, celebrated and worshipped from afar
In unity there was ubuntu: I am because you are
no need for greed, disunity, strife or war;
where African principles stood boldly to witness
daily dances and celebration of togetherness.
There was a great king of Mali, Mansa Musa was his name;
the world's richest man, even today remains the same.
A man of kindness, dignity and great compassion
Who built a great empire and ruled a unified nation,
where there was thirst for knowledge, and Timbuktu
became the great African learning centre to rise anew.
Bless the ancestors, the wise ones, and even the fools,
since upon their backs were written universal rules;
build civilisations that lasted thousands of years.
Today we salute their achievements in joy and tears.
©2015 Linford Sweeney
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