Making Black History Moments (MBHM) – In September 2015 Birthright Africa was founded to inspire youth and young adults of African descent ages 13 – 30 to explore their cultural roots and legacy of innovation within the United States and select nations in Africa as a birthright.
I, like many Americans, have sought out the services of DNA analytics companies in an attempt to learn more about my genetic legacy. Having grown up African-African during the 20th century with the full understanding that I come from the shame-filled folds of an U.S. tapestry that at times is afraid to let in the light, I still agonize over the not knowing parts of myself.
I don’t know the stories of my people passing back from ancient mother and daughter. Our song is broken and rough, yet it endures. And while I have walked the lands of my white forefathers, I have yet to return home.
I love the work that Birthright Africa is doing by helping young people recover their broken bits of song. By providing them with the opportunity to connect with the land of their ancestors is more than a small thing. It is an immense act of love. I only wish that all displaced Africans were afforded the opportunity to journey home for healing, for learning, for future-casting.
If you know of someone who needs to know about this opportunity you can learn more about the work of Birthright Africa at https://birthrightafrica.org.
Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.