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.