Osmosis

Susan Yawa, 1970s I am the daughter of Katherine and Preston who raised me in the company of change makers and racial dreamers. They spoke to us in the language of education, justice and freedom both in their words and actions. I entitled this conference flier ‘Osmosis’ because it has always felt to me thatContinue reading “Osmosis”

We Are One

Anonymous (Educator), 2019 Elephants represent prosperity to my family as I recall. It means that when you have family you are rich. Family to the Spanish and Creole culture are very strong and connected, and family is very important. Therefore, the string of elephants holding each other’s tail represents my family and culture – weContinue reading “We Are One”

Carving Pumpkins

Nicole, 2017 Culture is all around us, the traditions and the forms of self-expression that we carry forward and pass down. Every Fall, my boyfriend’s family throws a pumpkin-carving party. Around 80 people – family, friends, neighbors, friends of friends – come each year, some traveling hours to get there. We spend the day playingContinue reading “Carving Pumpkins”

El Flamboyan Tree

Marisol, 1980s When I see this painting of “El Flamboyan Tree” in my mother’s home, it transports me to Puerto Rico, where my grandparents are from. Born and raised in the South Bronx, my first trip to Puerto Rico was when I was eight years old. I remember being in awe of the sounds, theContinue reading “El Flamboyan Tree”

Panamanian Unity

Sandra, Summer 2018 I went to Panama this summer to celebrate a wedding and family reunion with my husband’s dad’s side of the family who are from there. They were all so warm, full of joy and really represented unity in my eyes. During my time in Panama, I picked up this shell from aContinue reading “Panamanian Unity”