African Valentine's Day partyLaChance Pickett Photography
African Valentine’s Day party in Denver

Africa

Africa, Africa arise from the shadow of your underachievement

Arise from the slough of war, from the scourge of prejudice

Awake to the drum of political, socio-economic sustenance

Relive your legendary status of generosity, sensuality, and as the cradle of civilization

Through forums of discussion, mass media outlets, we shall celebrate your achievements

Through cultural exchanges and book clubs, we shall disseminate under-reported information about you

By bringing together the elderly and the young, the colored and the biracial, the informed and the misinformed, blacks and whites.

We shall champion you in a global context

From the banks of the Nile to the summit of Kilimanjaro

We shall foster understanding among your offspring

From the caravans in Timbuktu to the heart of the Kalahari

You are endowed with abundance

From the shores of the Atlantic to the frontiers of the Pacific

We shall facilitate valuable discourse on democracy, culture, business, and economics

Between you and the rest of humanity.

Editor’s Note: This poem was penned and presented as part of a much celebrated February 15 African Valentine’s Day event in Colorado.