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Lasana Sekou Table

 

 

Books by Lasana M. Sekou

37 Poems / Brotherhood of the Spurs / Big Up St. Martin  / Born Here Love Songs Make You Cry

Mothernation: Poems from 1984 to 1987  /  National Symbols of St. Martin / Quimbé: Poetics of Sound

The Salt Reaper: Poems from the Flats  /  Pelican Heart

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Eterno tiempo de siembra (Lasana Sekou, Saint Martin)

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Bio- Sketch

Lasana M. Sekou is a publisher, poet, and the author of ten books of poetry, monologues and short stories. He is the editor of  National Symbols of St. Martin -- A Primer (1996), about the culture, historical personalities, and natural environment of St. Martin and The Independence Papers – Readings on a New Political Status for St. Maarten/St. Martin (1990).

In 1991, Sekou produced Fête – The First Recording of Traditional St. Martin’s Festive Music by Tanny & The Boys. 

During the mid-1980s, he co-directed and wrote for Traditions, the island’s annual drama extravaganzas. Sekou’s books Nativity & Dramatic Monologues for Today (1988), Love Songs Make You Cry (1989), and Brotherhood of the Spurs (1997) have been classroom text at York University, Kenyon College, and the University of St. Martin respectively.

The poetry and short stories of this James Michener Fellow (University of Miami) have been taught in various Caribbean high schools. He has guest-lectured on history, culture, politics and literature at conferences and recited poetry at high schools, universities and literary/cultural festivals in the Caribbean, USA, Africa, Europe and Asia. Sekou’s works have appeared in and has been reviewed in literary journals and magazines such as Callaloo (USA), The Caribbean Writer (Virgin Islands), Del Caribe (Cuba), The Massachusetts Review (USA), De Gids (The Netherlands), Revue Noir (France), Das Gedicht (Germany), Calabash (New York University, USA). A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook (BA) and Howard University (MA), Sekou is the projects director at House of Nehesi Publishers, a small press based in St. Martin that publishes books by new writers and senior authors such as George Lamming, Kamau Brathwaite and Amiri Baraka. Lasana M. Sekou / P.O. Box 460 / Philipsburg, St. Martin / Caribbean   

Nehesi@sintmaarten.net / Website: www.houseofnehesipublish.com   http://www.houseofnehesipublish.com/sekou.html

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Update

St. Martin Book Fair gifts for the elderly, students, and prisoners

Great Bay/ Marigot, St. Martin (July 29, 2012)—Gifts of the ‘Cuisine is culture’ poster and a book of St. Martin poetry are making the rounds as part of the program to generate more public awareness of the St. Martin Book Fair during its 10th anniversary year, said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). A few days ago, Book Fair Committee member Ari Sutton (L, photo 1) presented the framed ‘Cuisine is culture’ poster to Sundial principal Mireille Regales-Petersonfor the high school’s hospitality training program. In photo 2, Chef Felix Hyman (L) posed with the poster, presented by Sutton to Yvette’s Restaurant in French Quarter.

According to Sample, the poster or book presentations have already been made or will be made shortly to the St. Martin Home and Bethany Home for the elderly, the House of Detention library, Sundial School, Lycée Polyvalent, the Marigot Public Library, Philipsburg Jubilee Library, and the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. HNP and Conscious Lyrics foundations organized the 2012 book fair from May 28 to June 2, in collaboration with the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, the Ministry of Education & Culture, the University of St. Martin, and the Collectivity of St. Martin.

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Table

37 Poems

Emancipation Day Saint Martin

Filmmaker Molefi K. Asante, Jr.

The Frock by Yaya Richards

Haiti 200  

Lasana M. Sekou Knighted 

Lasana on You-Tube

Lasana Sekou in Oxford Poetry Book

Lasana Sekou Poetry at Olympics 2012

Laurelle "Yaya" Richards was herself a “community center”

Libya Unfinished

Nidaa Khoury

Salt Reaper     

St. Martin Internet News: Samuel Allen, Jr.

A selection of six (6) poems   

Tortured Fragments  

Visit & Fellowship II  

   

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Emancipation Day Saint Martin

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Lasana Sekou Poetry

at Literary Event for London Olympics 2012

 

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Lasana Sekou in Cuba, Recites At Havana Book Fair— Emilio Jorge Rodriguez—21 February 2012—The Cuban book publisher Arte y Literatura launched Musa desnuda by Lasana M. Sekou at the 21st annual International Book Fair of Havana (February 9-19, 2012). The book fair invited Sekou to the presentation of the new poetry anthology, according to Alberto Fuentes, international relations VP, Institute of the Cuban Book. The St. Martin author recited at the February 12 launch in the Nuestra América hall of the Morro Castle park complex, the main book fair venue overlooking the Havana bay. This is the first time that a major publisher has published an entire volume by Sekou. On February 13, Sekou read his poetry at the Caribbean Forum hosted by the prestigious Casa de las Americas in its Che Guevara Hall. Cuban critic and essayist Emilio Jorge Rodríguez edited the Spanish-only Musa desnuda (Naked Muse). Before both readings, Rodriquez provided a commentary about Sekou’s writings, his St. Martin background, the Caribbean and universal themes, “personal aesthetics,” and “literary strategies” in his work.— mnialive

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Lasana Slideshow Tribute

Lasana Sekou’s English/Spanish book represents Caribbean Literature in Venezuela—Great Bay, St. Martin (November 21, 2011)—Representing what is new or canonical in Caribbean Literature is probably getting more difficult as the region’s national literatures continue to produce more writers within the various countries and territories. But independent Cuban scholar Emilio Jorge Rodríguez recently went to one of Venezuela’s prestigious universities to do just that.      

“I was invited to give lectures during two weeks in October to the Master of Arts program on Ibero-American Literature, headed by Professor Arnaldo Valero at the Instituto de Investigaciones Literarias Gonzalo Picón Febres, of the Universidad de los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela,” said Rodríguez on Sunday. “As my last lecture in Mérida was about Lasana M. Sekou, they decided to launch Corazón de pelícano” on October 14, said Rodriguez.

And that is how the St. Martin book Pelican Heart – An Anthology of Poems by Lasana M. Sekou/ Corazón de pelícano – Antología poética de Lasana M. Sekou was launched as a contemporary example of Caribbean Literature at the University of the Andes (ULA). In addition to the copies bought by students and other guests, review copies of the book was “presented to professors and researchers at ULA who would make use of it in the classroom and in their studies of Caribbean and Latin American literatures,” said Rodríguez.

ULA is the second-oldest university in Venezuela, dating back to 1810; and ranks among “the top 30 research institutions in Latin America.” (wikipedia.com) The ULA request for the Pelican Heart launch allowed Rodríguez to continue his introduction of the St. Martin author to Hispanic audiences.— Caribseek

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Pelican Heart—An Anthology of Poems by Lasana M. Sekou

Edited by Emio Jorge Rodriguez

Passion for the Nation is what comes out of Sekou’s poems at a first glance and at a deeper reading. The book is a selection gathered from eleven of Sekou’s poetry collections between 1978 and 2010. Rodríguez is an independent Cuban academic, writer, and essayist. He has been a researcher at Casa de las Américas’s Literary Research Center and founded the literary journal Anales del Caribe (1981-2000). María Teresa Ortega translated the poems from the original English to Spanish. A critical introduction, detailed footnotes, and a useful glossary by Rodríguez are also found in the book of 428 pages. The collection has been launched at conferences in Barbados, Cuba, and Mexico.

Rodriguez’s introduction to Pelican Heart refers to Dr. Howard Fergus’s Love Labor Liberation in Lasana Sekou, which is the critical commentary to Sekou’s work that identifies three cardinal points in his poetics.

I would add as cardinal points: Belief or Driving Force of people in political processes, like his political commitment to make St. Martin independent, as the southern part of the Caribbean island is a territory of the Netherlands, while the northern part is a French Collectivité d’outre-mer; Excitement over his literary passions, which led him to found House of Nehesi Publishers at age 23; co-found the book festival of St. Martin, organized with Conscious Lyrics Foundation and to expand his culture considerably; Enthusiasm, which springs out of his eyes and words when you listen to his poetry being performed or when you speak to Sekou in person.—Sara Florian

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Lasana Sekou guest speaker at New York’s Hudson Valley college

Lasana M. Sekou returned here last Friday following a solo-recital of his poetry, fictions, and spoken word videos at Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) in Troy, New York, on April 14. Louis Coplin, HVCC Director of Student Life said that Sekou’s work was “impressive” for its informative and performance qualities. The St. Martin author spoke about his writings, Caribbean literature, showed spoken word videos, and read from his books Pelican Heart, The Salt Reaper, 37 poems, and Brotherhood of The Spurs. He also read new unpublished poems “Citizen,” “Labrish,” “Libya Unfinished,” and “Poem for the dead.”

In photo left: Lasana M. Sekou (L) with Louis Coplin (R), with recital guest and retired art teacher Catherine Reavis. 

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New book about St. Martin’s Lasana Sekou released in Cuba  

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba—The Cuban release of Pelican Heart—An Anthology of Poems by Lasana M. Sekou edited by Emilio Jorge Rodríguez took place at the 30th annual Festival del Caribe (7/5/10) in Santiago de Cuba. “Among the people in the audience at the launching of the anthology was Abel Prieto, Cuban Minister of Culture,” said Rodríguez (L). According to Rodríguez, the launch took place “at the most important space of the Festival, the International Colloquium ‘El Caribe que nos une’ (The Caribbean that joins us.” The Cuban scholar is promoting the bilingual book as a way of introducing the St. Martin writer to Spanish language audiences.

The outstanding Cuban poetess Teresa Melo (R) introduced the Spanish-English book at the popular festival organized by Casa del Caribe and which was this year dedicated to Curacao and Pernambuco, Brazil. Melo concluded the book party by reciting the Spanish translation of the poem “On Caribbean Aesthetics,” which is originally from Sekou’s collection Born Here (1986) and is one of the poems in the anthology published at the end of May 2010.

The 428-page Pelican Heart / Corazón de Pelícano with its critical introduction, notes, and poems selected by Rodríguez from each of Sekou’s previous poetry volumes, is available at Van Dorp and Arnia’s bookstores. The title is now available in Cuba, at Amazon.com and other online bookstores.

In photo: Rodriguez holds copy of Pelican Heart as he discusses Sekou’s poetry at the launch panel while Melo looks on. Casa’s academic coordinator Kenia Dorta was instrumental in facilitating the book launch, stated House of Nehesi, the book’s publisher. (EJR foto/César Caldas)

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The Frock & Other Poems

By Laurelle “Yaya” Richards

 

“We need to recognize our artists like Yaya who are working so hard for our people and our identity,” said Dormoy. “It’s an honor to be involved with this book as part of Yaya’s legacy that can live on, and to launch The Frock in connection with the International Mother Language Day,” said Dormoy.

 Laurelle "Yaya" Richards was herself a “community center”  / The Frock by Yaya Richards

Yaya in younger days. (LR photo)

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Poetry and technology, a “flat world” to reach people, says Angelo Rombley

GREAT BAY, St. Martin (November 1, 2008)—The Salt Reaper poetry/music CD by Lasana M. Sekou, will be pre-released this November, even though the launch date has been postponed, said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

Furthermore, “We want to make sure that the CD  recording comes with access to all these platforms—PSP, iPhone, iPod, MP3s, and eventually ringtones,” said Angelo Rombley, the music producer

“The world right now is flat because of the digital platform. Reading has to compete with a ‘click’ society –TV, email, downloadable music.”

“For example, playstation and Wii are some of the different platforms that we can put the spoken word, with music in the background for a truly digital experience,” said Rombley.

 On the CD, The Salt Reaper – Selected poems from the flats, Sekou is heard reading his poetry.

“Angelo steps up in a bold way … . He digitally mixes instruments like the steelpan, kalimba, and the violin, and music genres such as European classical, Jazz, club, and Salsa,” said Sample.

The CD was scheduled for a November 8 launch. But the electrical outage in the wake of Hurricane Omar, pushed back the turnaround time for the CD art work – making a November 7 delivery of the CDs from the manufacturer “too close for comfort,” said Sample.

Neither Sample or Rombley would hint at the new launch and concert date, saying only that the 2009 HNP recording would still be pre-released this month in stores, on the air, and iTunes and other online music and bookstores.

The CD is Rombley’s first exercise as a music producer but he is no stranger to the digital world.

“In this ‘click’ society the people want something entertaining but yet with some substance to it. That was a motivation for the type of music mixed for The Salt Reaper poems,” said Rombley, an award-winning graphic designer and digital artist.

“The idea is for this Spoken Word or WordMusic recording to step up, to be competitive. That’s why we are also working on its digital compatibility with media, communication and game platforms, while staying true to the message in the poems.”

“What we are seeing is the evolution of poetry on the island of St. Martin alongside the new technology to reach the people,” said Rombley.

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The audacity of the adventure of House of Nehesi Publishers”—Throughout our Caribbean Region economic activity is to a large extent externally propelled. Investment initiates from outside and the collective investors are elsewhere: tourism, insurance, banking are some of the major pinnacles of authority which determine what choices we make in exercising control over our daily lives. The Governments may govern; but they do not rule. It is against this background of an imagined sovereignty and an enforced dependence that we must measure the audacity — and there is no other word for what I mean — the audacity of those who initiated from within the adventure of House of Nehesi Publishers. Such boldness of enterprise in the area of publishing can easily collapse in five months; so the 25th anniversary of Nehesi can arguably be celebrated as though it were the 50th.  

And the evidence of the distinguished volumes it has produced is so abundant that the founders and their supporters are entitled to invent their own calendar for this purpose.

Year 25 should be accorded the applause due a 50th anniversary in recognition of Nehesi’s capacity for digging deep in their indigenous human resource, and surviving the perils of waiting for some external force to determine your own agenda.  We celebrate House of Nehesi as a symbol of what it could mean to achieve a genuine sovereignty of the imagination.George Lamming. 

Editor’s Note: World-renown Barbadian novelist/scholar George Lamming recently congratulated House of Nehesi Publishers on its 25th anniversary in 2007. By May, the small press outfit had already released nine anniversary-year publications. The St. Martin publisher with a Caribbean-wide outreach has also managed to publish a list of literati from within and beyond the region, including Dr. Lamming, that belies its size and admitted limited resources. House of Nehesi Publishers / Offshoreediting@hotmail.com

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books


 

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#7 - When I Get Where I'm Going by Cheryl Robinson
#8 - Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby
#9 - The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane

#10 - Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

#11 - Diary Of A Street Diva  by Ashley and JaQuavis

#12 - Don't Ever Tell  by Brandon Massey

#13 - For colored girls who have considered suicide  by Ntozake Shange

#14 - For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree

#15 - Homemade Loves  by J. California Cooper

#16 - The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper

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#23 - Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark

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#14 - The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

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Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert Smalls

By Dorothy Sterling

Dorothy Sterling’s biography of Robert Smalls is Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert Smalls (Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1958). In most history books, the contributions of Negroes during the Civil War and Reconstructions are ignored. Robert Smalls was one of the heroes who is rarely mentioned. He was a Negro slave who stole a ship from the Confederates, served on it with the Union Army with distinction, and finally served several terms in Congress.

All this was accomplished against the handicaps first of slavery, then of the prejudice of the Union Army, and finally of the Jim Crow laws, which eventually conquered him. Besides its value in contradicting the history book insinuation that the Negro was incapable of political enterprise and that the South was right in imposing Jim Crow laws, Captain of the Planter is an exciting adventure story. Captain Smalls’ escape from slavery and his battle exploits make interesting reading, and the style is fast moving.—Barbara Dodds / Legacy of Robert Smalls

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Yvette’s cookbook is a 2011 bestseller

GREAT BAY, St. Martin (July 31, 2011)—It’s official. It’s a bestseller! From Yvette’s Kitchen To Your Table – A Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine by Yvette Hyman has sold out, according to House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). In a record seven weeks after its June 2011 release here, less than 80 copies of the cookbook are left in bookstores and with the author’s family representatives charged with distribution, said Jacqueline Sample, HNP president. The decision on whether to reprint a new batch of From Yvette’s Kitchen  … lies with the family of the late award-winning chef, said the publisher.“We are very thankful to the people of St. Martin for embracing Yvette’s cookbook. The visitors to our island also bought many copies of this beautifully designed book of the nation’s cuisine,” said Sample.From Yvette’s Kitchen  is made up of 13 chapters, including Appetizers, Soups, Poultry, Fish and Shellfish, Meat, Salads, Dumplings, Rice and Fungi, Breads, and Desserts.

The 312-page full color book includes recipes for Souse, the ever-popular Johnny cake, and Conch Yvette’s. Lamb stew, coconut tart, guavaberry, and soursop drink are also among the over 200 recipes à la Yvette in this Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine, said Sample.“We hope that this cookbook’s success also adds to the indicator of the performance and importance of books published in the Caribbean,” said Sample.The other HNP book that sold out in such a short time was the 1989 poetry collection Golden Voices of S’maatin. That first title by Ruby Bute had sold out in about three months and has since been reprinted, said Sample.

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Pelican Heart—An Anthology of Poems by Lasana M. Sekou

Edited by Emio Jorge Rodriguez

Passion for the Nation is what comes out of Sekou’s poems at a first glance and at a deeper reading. The book is a selection gathered from eleven of Sekou’s poetry collections between 1978 and 2010. Rodríguez is an independent Cuban academic, writer, and essayist. He has been a researcher at Casa de las Américas’s Literary Research Center and founded the literary journal Anales del Caribe (1981-2000). María Teresa Ortega translated the poems from the original English to Spanish. A critical introduction, detailed footnotes, and a useful glossary by Rodríguez are also found in the book of 428 pages. The collection has been launched at conferences in Barbados, Cuba, and Mexico.

Rodriguez’s introduction to Pelican Heart refers to Dr. Howard Fergus’s Love Labor Liberation in Lasana Sekou, which is the critical commentary to Sekou’s work that identifies three cardinal points in his poetics.

I would add as cardinal points: Belief or Driving Force of people in political processes, like his political commitment to make St. Martin independent, as the southern part of the Caribbean island is a territory of the Netherlands, while the northern part is a French Collectivité d’outre-mer; Excitement over his literary passions, which led him to found House of Nehesi Publishers at age 23; co-found the book festival of St. Martin, organized with Conscious Lyrics Foundation and to expand his culture considerably; Enthusiasm, which springs out of his eyes and words when you listen to his poetry being performed or when you speak to Sekou in person.—Sara Florian

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice.

"Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits.

Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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The Frock & Other Poems  

By Laurelle “Yaya” Richards

The use of the nation’s mother language, “the way we speak naturally on both parts of our island, is the sweetness to the ear and the heart of Miss Yaya’s spoken word, storytelling, and talks about St. Martin’s folkways,” said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).  Richards had completed working on The Frock with HNP at the time of her death at age 55, on May 26, 2010 – about four months before the book was published. The plan to launch the book on the UNESCO-declared day in 2011 came out of meetings between the culture department, the publisher, and Yaya’s family representatives Priscille Figaro, Adrienne Richards, and Laurellye Benjamin.

“We need to recognize our artists like Yaya who are working so hard for our people and our identity,” said Dormoy. “It’s an honor to be involved with this book as part of Yaya’s legacy that can live on, and to launch The Frock in connection with the International Mother Language Day,” said Dormoy.

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National Symbols of St. Martin—A Primer

By Lasana M. Sekou

The hard cover book, a primer about St. Martin’s culture, historical personalities and natural environment, is listed on the US government department’s Bureau of Administration website. “We think this is a good thing to share with the St. Martin people,” said Sekou. “In fact, House of Nehesi is firstly thankful to the St. Martin people for continuing to read, enjoy and study this book. “Having National Symbols listed as recommended reading in the IPS section of the US State Department adds to the venues where folks abroad can be put in touch with original material about St. Martin and the St. Martin people.” The material from the book continues to be used for popular events such as carnival, for research by scholars, as teaching material in schools, and for presentations by government and tourism departments, churches and civic groups.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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