Poem: We Started From Bottom, Why Are We Still Here?

Aimé Fernand David Césaire

Aimé Fernand David Césaire (26 June 1913 – 17 April 2008, pictured) was a Francophone poet, author, and politician from Martinique. He was “one of the founders of the Négritude movement in Francophone literature.” He wrote such works as “A Tempest,” a response to Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” and “Discourse on Colonialism,” an essay describing the strife between the colonizers and the colonized. His works have been translated into many languages.

The movement is VERY much alive; it is still alive today for divided we have been in order to be conquered. Victorious we are as we rebuild, reconnect, and today we refuse to be divided!

Aimé Césaire, we want to thank you for your stance; you saw what you and your contemporaries went through and wrote about what we have faced: racism. This world was rebuilt to deter us from reaching our dreams, but today we reach our fullest potentials. The world’s apex, our pinnacle.

We are FREE, you wrote in order to liberate the enslaved in thinking and move the marginalized ones. Our Mind is emancipated and we are holding on to this torch you have passed on…. We salute you and Léopold Sédar Senghor for your visions.

Liberated minds of Humans who were once called “slaves,” “Natives,” or “Colonized” —  will these invaders be aware of our UNITY as we spread our innovative pan-African beliefs? Indeed, we are here as one. This cultural expansion is for a better tomorrow and greater good. This is the Gospel of our New Africa.

Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: March 25, 2016


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