On another long dinner and walk through The West Village, Ayo and Jacques talk incessantly about African American history and culture. Jacques goes deeper into African spirituality and the power of women and water in Black culture. With a penchant for recitation, Jacques offers Langston Hughes’s I’ve Known Rivers poem to Ayo explaining how Hughes must have known about Mame’s courageous guerrilla warfare against European colonists along the Congo River. Jacques poetically paints a battle scene where Mame fights and kills Belgian soldiers who have captured Congolese people as slaves severing-off their hands from their arms if hey do not produce their work quota. Ayo reveals to Jacques that she, too, is an African warrior displaying her NYPD gold badge, her 19 Glock 9mm service revolver and about her ancestors who were in the US military.

Bernard Demczuk Administrator
Bernard Demczuk, Ph.D. is a cultural historian of Black History residing in DC & Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He travels the Deep South in search of Blue Bottle trees (insert) and new mysteries coming out of the African Diaspora. Recently, Bernard summited Mt. Kilimanjaro at age 70.  He can be found leading tours at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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Bernard Demczuk Administrator
Bernard Demczuk, Ph.D. is a cultural historian of Black History residing in DC & Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He travels the Deep South in search of Blue Bottle trees (insert) and new mysteries coming out of the African Diaspora. Recently, Bernard summited Mt. Kilimanjaro at age 70.  He can be found leading tours at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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