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This Juneteenth, Four Voices from the Diaspora

Posted on June 17, 2022

I am your black man. I’ll never be only your black man. I am my black man before I am yours. Your black man.

Ricardo Aleixo performing in 2017. By Elisangela Leite. License: CC BY 2.0.

In his poem “My Man,” Brazilian poet and artist-performer Ricardo Aleixo delivers a searing rebuke to a society obsessed with and possessed by its own racial imagination(s). With verses filled with pain, pride, and power, Aleixo’s poem is a great way to mark Juneteenth in your classroom.

In honor and celebration of this month, WWB Campus also invites you to explore the rich diversity of Black voices in our Caribbean unit through the stories featured below.

  • Worlds collide and class divides come to a tense stand-off in Haitian author Evelyne Trouillot’s short story “Detour.”
  • In the short story “Bruises,” by Afro-Puerto Rican author Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, a tough preteen girl fights for acceptance and finds unexpected kinship.
  • Joining a neighborhood dance-band gives a tired single mother a new lease on life in Guadeloupean author Gisèle Pineau’s “Carnival Life.”

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By Allison Tim

* Adapted from a February 2022 post -- Eds.

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