Follow my journey from Chicago to #SouthAfrica. Part 1.
I don’t intend on this piece being anything more than a reflection of my journey to be shared by a few brothers back home that would like to make the journey to Africa, but money being as it may, they can’t make it right now.
Full transparency I must say that this was Purely coincidental, but extra amazing and meaningful. I arrived in South Africa on August 20th, 2019, the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic #slavetrade. There was no advertisement that led me to arrive in Africa on this day. “Complete the Journey! Do it for your ancestors!" I didn’t click on any link with those captions. I didn’t even know August 20th, 1619 was the worst day in the history of the world. A day that would spark a trend of lovelessness that would last over 300 years, and would be the foundation of the United States of America.
It just happened like this. But the sunrise over #Africa felt different knowing this.
I began writing immediately as I boarded the huge 787 double decker plane. I sat at the top row, like I was in the Metra Train.
The journey would take 18 hours of total flying to make it. Plenty of leg room in the emergency exit. Sure beats three weeks or two months in the cellar of a sail boat, a jail cell, shackled up two by two with no leg room, after being captured and stolen away from your home. The idea of #HUMANS as cargo baffles me. "Keep the cargo TIGHT, we can yield a greater profit even if it means greater casualties." I ain’t complaining about the seats, I’ll be okay, I think of my ancestors on my first trip to the motherland. No turbulence nor uncomfortability will allow me to open my mouth and complain. Nothing I could experience could be worse than loose or tight packing.
About 40 minutes before arriving to Cape Town I began to get really sleepy. I’d stayed up the majority of the flight but as we were descending I began to get tired. Looking out of the jet window at the vastness of Africa woke me back up. I really don’t know how to describe such vast land, but stick with me and I'll try. #1619project
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