How Do You Build A Nation? Like Kunta Kinte, Remember Your Name

However, my anger turned to pride as I realized that though this young warrior was kidnapped, sold, branded and beaten, he remembered his name. Though he was treated like a beast of burden and breeding, he remembered his name. Though he was torn from his homeland, his culture and his family, he remembered his name.

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At 7 years old, I sat terrified as LeVar Burton’s character, Kunta Kinte, was beaten by a white overseer. This powerful scene in the movie “Roots” portrayed a proud Mandinka warrior suffering the lash of the whip because he refused to accept the name the oppressor gave him.

At first, I was confused as to why he would not immediately spare himself the crack of the whip and the tearing of his flesh by simply uttering the word, “Toby.” My confusion turned to anger at the cruelty of people who robbed this man of everything else and now wanted to rob him of the last semblance of his dignity and identity.

However, my anger turned to pride as I realized that though this young warrior was kidnapped, sold, branded and beaten, he remembered his name. Though he was treated like a beast of burden and breeding, he remembered his name…

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