NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2013 - Page 154

“Damn a boost to the nation’s economy,” Kwame hissed as he sprang from his chair. “Makamba will just have to come up with another lead story. I owe the dagaa that much at least.” But how could he get around it? Five days at company expense—a first class railroad car, luxury accommodations at the Lake Tanganyika Grand Hotel? 152 “How the fuck did I get here?” He bellowed. He left Chicago running. The air had gone suddenly toxic. He couldn’t breathe. He had no choice except to bust out. When he landed in Dar almost three years ago he stumbled onto the kinds of news stories he could only dream about back in the States. Dar-es-Salaam—the Haven of Peace—was Tanzania’s largest port city, and ironically, a hub of guerilla activity. It had become a safe haven for armed liberation movements raging throughout southern Africa—all of which were branded “terrorist” by most American newspapers. The first time he touched down in Mozambique and Angola it was like Freedom Summer in the Mississippi delta all over again. In the summer of 1964—at the height of the drive to register disenfranchised black voters—he, flanked by hundreds of student volunteers from all over the U.S., black and white, had rocked Mississippi church houses singing “Ain’t gon’ let nobody turn me round,” the movement’s battle hymn. Southern newspapers had branded them “Communists,” “race mixers,” “black militants,” “outside agitators” and worse. But it was during that summer on the back roads of Missi ??\H]??[YHY\???\?Y?H??\?]???????HH?\??[??H[??H??? ?Y[????[?[?????[?][????[Z]YJH??[?^?\?Y???X?Y\?[??[????][??[???\?X\??[?YY??Y[H??????H??[?^?][??&\??]??]\??]?\?[???H8?'Z?H???\??\???'H???Y?Y\?H[??Y]?[[Y\?]B?Y??[?\??[[??x?&Y?]?\???Y[?X?H??\\?H]?Y[[????[?[??Y?[Y[??[??K??????Q?S L? L?[?? ML????]?[?YX\????Y??]H?\?[??Y?Y?[H?YY[??[?X?[ ?H?\??X???H???Z???]?]?]HY]????????H?\?HH??? ?\?HY\?B??]Z?Y\\????H?]\?][?[?\?B???[??X]HY?Z[???H?]Y????[???]\??Y??X?K?????]\???][?[????YY?H?Y?\?????]?\??\?]]Y?^HZ\?]?\??H[?H????]^H?[Y]?Y[?H??[?\?Y?B?Y?Z[??]?[Y[?H?[] [Z?H??\???\?[???\?[Y?\???Y\????HB??]H????\?H?\Y\?HZ[][? ????\??]?H[?Y?\??YZ?Y\?[?]\??B?[?[Y\?X?x?%?]????[?^?][??]?Y??[?^H?????Z\???????\??[?????H?\???]?[??H?\?Y\?[\??Y?[????Y?H?\??[B?H?YY[?^Hx?&Y???Y??\??]?[H???HH?]\??XY[H?Z[?Y]?^K???]\?\??\]][??]?\????]???[???]H???H?\??[?[??[?B?[YH?[\[???]]HXZ[?????X?B?[?\?Y\?T?[X[H[???\?[????Y\??[??[?[????\?[?[?X??Y\??]?K?\?X[H[??Y?\?\???HY?Y[???[?Y ]?\??^H?[????[K?????[YHY?]?\??YY?YHB??X?]H?\?\?X[?]?HXY?YB??Z]??[?Y\?[?[?\???X]\?B???Y????X?[?\??[??]Y[??H????\???\?H?\??Y?\??[?[????\?\??[?Z[H?][???[?\????[[X[??\??]H?]?Y??X?H?[??\???]Y?]Y??&]?Y[???H8?'?\?B?X??Y?\??'H?\??\????H[????[YH?X??[?H?]\?HZY?8?&]?B??Y[????Y??????H[X??\?[?B?[???[?H?\??[???????Y??\??[???Z\?H?XX? ???YH\?X??H?[Y\??????]???8?'Y?[?^B???&]?[??H[?K[YH?[Z?H[?H?]x?'B???HY?Z[???[???\??? H?\??Y???H[YK????[?X?\?HXY[^??Z?H[??[?XH[???X][??\??X?\? ??Y?HH?X]?H\?X?\?X???]H?\??^YH??[[???\?Y[HH???]B??XYH^X?X??\??XY?\?H?YH[???[\[?????]?Y??&]\?]]K?????[Yx?&\?X\??]\?Y\?????\?[Y?]?YH\????H\?\?][B??Y]?\???\??\\??\??8?'?\???[??[??'H?[???[??HY][??\???'\??[?8?'HY[[??]H?\??\?X?B?\?\?[?Y\?H[??ZY?\??YY?????H[?^K??][YH?\?]?H??H]ZX???[??H]\??]? ???x?&Y?ZY?H??[?H]\???X?H?B?N?? [?]?\?[?XYHH]X\?\?\??[???]?\?]X??]\?]XYB?[H?]??\??]X??[X?[???Z?HB?\?[??][???[??X?O?]XYB?[H?Y[Z?Hx?&Y?\??[??H?[X?\???[H?[?H?[?H?\?????\???x?&\?H??Y[? H???[??\?Y??Y[? ???[?K?[??\?Y\??H\?H\?[??]8?&\??^?HX??]\?H?\?[X[?Y?[\?[???[HY?YZ]]?YY][??\?Y?Y[?H?\?[?]Y\[?Y?[H[?H?[YK]?[?Y?H?\?[???YY?????\?[??H??YH?\????X] ?^\?X?[???[??[Y[??H\??\?[??[XY?H]][?Y\??X[\??\??B??[?ZZ?H[??[??H????[X?H?B??X]?\????Y[?[H?[? ???K?L??L? L??SB??