Many of us visit The Door to pay homage to our ancestors. But what if there was a way to reclaim it?
Within “A Map To The Door Of No Return: Notes to Belonging,” Dionne Brand shares The Door is a physical and spiritual site. The Door energetically represents both beginnings and endings for our ancestors – and because of ancestral ties, we’re energetically connected to The Door.
As Brand explores this connection, they see The Door as a “site of belonging and unbelonging.”
Many of us struggle with politics of belonging. But we have the power to reclaim what passes through the door and was stripped from our ancestors.
To be Black is to belong deeply to ourselves and to our community.
By reclaiming our sense of belonging we return to ourselves, and in doing so we create another energetic door. The Door of Return.
This Door is another spiritually energetic site. A portal existing outside of anti-Black linear time, one that we can open and invite our ancestors through to rest and stay a while.
Reminding them that within us they not only survived, but belong.
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