An Accidental History Lesson for Black History Month: From the House of Slaves in Senegal to Black liberation in the US

In recognition of the length of this story, if you don’t feel like reading everything and just want some destination/travel specific information, please use this index to reach the relevant chapter. 

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SOMETIMES coincidences are so frequent and blatantly directional that they stop seeming like coincidences and instead install in me the idea that the universe is trying to tell me something. In 2014, through my travels, reading and cinema experiences, I accidentally encountered traces of a story quite pertinent to Black History Month, a story I feel compelled to recount, a set of events which further motivated me to write about social issues. Continue reading