ThreadBlack History Month 2020 [The BHM ERA Challenge]
I wanted to share a book that touched me deeply; 'Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"' by Zora Neale Hurtston. It is based on her interviews in 1927 with Cudjoe Lewis (born Oluale Kossola), the last presumed living survivor of the Atlantic slave trade between Africa and America. The book was published posthumously, partly because it was written in vernacular, which some people at the time felt was playing into stereotypes. But the vernacular that he spoke in his part of his story and the story of people like him. I'm so happy she didn't budge on her values against whitewashing him, and that the book was eventually published. I felt so honoured to read his story. I cried with him, smiled at what happiness he managed to find, and felt in awe of his courage and will to survive.
I strongly recommend the book, but here's an article about him: