A Small Digression: Country

We’ll get back to this theme about migration as a relationship to land in just a minute. But first, I have a story I want to tell you. It’s a story about my own black relationship to land.

 “Group of Florida Migrants.” Photo by Jack Delano, provided by Library of Congress.

“Group of Florida Migrants.” Photo by Jack Delano, provided by Library of Congress.

s the founder and director of The Back/Land Project, people often assume that I come from, or am passionate about, agricultural land and rural spaces. When I say that I am not, folks get confused. Some people have asked me indignantly “Well then, what IS your black land story?”

I don’t know my entire story yet, but there are two or three things I know for sure. And one of them is about how I feel about Country. That story is generational. It’s personal. It is very, very black. And I finally got it down on paper, just the way I mean to say it.

You can find my short essay about “Country” here, in the journal The Common Online: A Modern Sense of Place.

So, holla if you hear me. (Please holla in the Comments section, below.)

And if you have your own black/land story to tell, send it to The Black/Land Project’s MyStory Campaign. Because I’m waiting to hear your story, too.