Never once in South Carolina’s educational institutions were we told of the revolutionary spirits of the island of Barbados. We were never told of the uprising of 1675. Knowing this now makes me wonder if our family members rose up to fight for us that were taken from the island and placed on the Sea Islands and forced to build Charlestown which is now “Charleston, SC” where our ancestors blood, sweat, and tears flows beneath the cobblestones, asphalt, and concrete. I wondered what type of mindset would have been instilled in our family throughout the African Diaspora and the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora if we had known that there was no sweetness that they had found amidst all the sugar cane.
I thought that with the successful progress of what is being done for Harriet Tubman now including the possibility of her being on a US bill, there was nothing left to engage in regarding this part of the freedom story. So, I continued on with this modern day freedom fight which is quite a journey. Along the way, I got an email saying that folks from “Underground” would like to talk to you. I had to verify that this was the WGN TV folks and that this was actually true. I recalled how in Season 1 they sang a Gullah/Geechee song and how I felt that our energy had reached them, but it is only when we are together that the polyrhythmic energy gets strong.