Review of ‘ THE BRIDGE THAT CARRIED US OVER’
‘The Bridge that carried us over’ merits 5 stars!! It is a very heart moving, touching and passionate cry out from the hearts of concerned writers for the protection of a priceless symbol and ideal – “BLACK ANCESTORS MATTER” and this makes the read, a book for future generations, a legacy for the Black African race and a powerful tool for training young leaders on Equal Rights. It is a book that promotes inclusion, courage, truth and the ideals for justice. It encourages anti racists’ thoughts and actions, while yet pointing out the numerous atrocities and racial treatments against African Americans, who were helpless, vulnerable, victimised and abused. The contributions from the writers stand as a testimony to prevent ‘the history of crimes against African people erased’- Marsha Coleman Adebayo, PhD. It is an eye opener to why the burial ground of Black Ancestors is important to the unity and love of a people who were victims of racism - “it is necessary to state that equal rights apply not only to living African Americans, but also in terms of treatment of the burials of their ancestors” –Tammy Hilburn. Reading this book, I see the importance why historical burial grounds should be seen as ‘endangered species,’ in danger of extinction if people don’t bring awareness as the writers have done. “White structures that victimized innocents and exploited labour are canonized while the producers of wealth and culture are erased” – Rev. Segun Adebayo, PhD. This book is a great insight to the heart beat and goal of the collective writers. It is like reading a history book that reminds one of why the blood of ancestors cry out for justice. “Whose history is worthy of preservation and whose lives are important through the atrocities that occurred at River Road’ – Marsha Coleman Adebayo, PhD.
This book is well written. It is full of historical facts, illustrations and documents. It is an enlightening read and I highly recommend it!
Olusola Sophia Anyanwu.
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Olusola Sophia Anyanwu