Interview with Sonia Sanchez

Why do you think that happened at that point?


Planning, contrary to what people want to believe, a lot of this stuff was always impromptu. People planned it. People saw. People had ideas about, see my idea has always been that we're going to be, call ourselves an African people eventually. But I know that we have to go through stages. We have to go through Negro and Black and African-American and now finally African. So, one of the things we understood fully is, that if you're talking about piggy-backing off Brother Malcolm, you had to understand what his trip to Africa meant. It opened up avenues to all of us. Um, what is also meant too, at some particular point, is that it meant that, ah, people were asking for, for, for help. What we were doing in this country, people were doing, began to do in, in the Caribbean, began to do in Africa, on the continent, you see. So what was happening here, we had to be at, in the sense, in, in the vanguard. So, we were in the vanguard. What, what we did here, it, ah, it, it became, it, it happened in the Caribbean. It happened in Jamaica. It happened in Barbados, you see. It happened on the continent. So, therefore, those lines were open finally. So we truly understood, ah, ah, what we had to do at that particular point. It was a realization of being at the forefront, ah, pushing people, ah, to their roots in a, in a very real, in very real terms, not in superficial terms.