On August “mawn” I awoke late, long after the sun’s rays sealed kisses on the land of freedom – warming it to life. Sadness gripped my heart because I failed my ancestors who, on August morning 1834, would have awakened before dawn to anticipate and celebrate another milestone on the long and painful journey towards full freedom. I wanted to rise early in solidarity with them. Feeling regret, I begged pardon from my ancestors, and sat down to pay tribute to them, in what I felt may have been their aspiration for future generations, using the acronym EMANCIPATION DAY.
E – EXILE FROM MENTAL SLAVERY
M – MENTAL SLAVERY ARRESTED AND CHARGED ON AUGUST “MAWNING”
A – AUGUST “MAWNING”, A NEW DAY OF LIBERATION
N – NEW DAY, NEW TIME TO CELEBRATE LIBERATION
C – CELEBRATE LIBERATION FROM IGNORANCE AND INEPTNESS
I – (from) IGNORANCE AND INEPTNESS to POLITICAL PARTICIPATION and POWER
P – POLITICAL PARTICIPATION and POWER for ADULT SUFFRAGE
A – ADULT SUFFRAGE to the TRADE UNION MOVEMENT
T – TRADE UNION MOVEMENT to INDEPENDENCE
I – INDEPENDENCE for ONGOING DEVELOPMENT
O – ONGOING DEVELOPMENT to building NATIONHOOD
N – NATIONHOOD to a DEVELOPED COUNTRY
D – a DEVELOPED COUNTRY for ALL CITIZENS
A – ALL CITIZENS YEARNING
Y – YEARNING for FULL EMANCIPATION
May we not forget or turn a deaf ear to the blood of our ancestors crying out for freedom
- Freedom from ignorance
- Freedom from indifference
- Freedom from the philosophy of conquer and divide
- Freedom from insensitivity
- Freedom from the idolatry of consumerism, spiritual mediocrity, and myopic intellectualism.
OUR AFRICAN ANCESTORS – PRAY FOR US.
One thought on “Emancipation Day – August 1”
I was trying to put idolatry somewhere in the third comment on freedom but I’m not so good with English. Great post. Thank you.