When you land in the House of Slaves in Goree ( Wikipedia) city that never sleeps wanting the American Dream, there are many challenges. None of which are new in a place that has received immigrants from its early days. Castle Clinton, Ellis Island, the LES, Queens and hundreds of locations can testify to this. One very common question everyone gets asked is "where are you from?" If not "what's your background". In the back of my mind I can't and won't forget that back home is "the house of slaves" in the island of Goree, many captured black have been forcefully taken away from their families, sent to the other side of the Atlantic through the door of no return. A trip to NYC showed me the door of return at the African burial ground, downtown. I came not knowing but everyday been realizing more and more what makes us all the same no matter where we are from or our background.
African Burial Ground picture by Ibrahima D.