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Morgan Powell Reveals The Buried Afro-American History Of The Bronx River

Morgan Powell has done a fantastic job in unearthing the history of African-Americans in the Bronx, along the Bronx River and in the environmental movement. His efforts are making it clear that the saga of African-Americans should not be forgotten.  “Never Again” resonates cross culturally in his work and is a lesson to all people.  But don’t take my word for it. Read about his work in the Norwood News November 9, 2011 article by Lulaine Compere:

Revealing The Buried Afro-American History Of The Bronx River


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  1. Morgan Powell says:

    Thanks Chuck:

    Anyone seeking additional information on this subject may consult the following resources.

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it @

    Interview video (books):

    Interview video (architecture & public art):–featured-interviews/bronx-river-sankofa-on-open

    Video from the inaugural walk on March 12, 2011 is at

    Captioned still pictures from the inaugural tour taken by Chuck Vasser are at:

    Complete virtual tour of March 2011 North Bronx route courtesy of Trent Love:

    Complete video tour of April 2012 Central Bronx route courtesy of Bronxnet TV:–bronx-tour-2012

    3 Blog posts on:
    a) The first park to be built on the BX River south of the BX Zoo after earth day!

    b) Bronx River Hike logs with travel and snacking tips to the origins of the river.

    c) Almost 400 years of NYC African American history in a Bronx River park!

    The word Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to “go back and get it.” Many groups of African descent use this word and symbol to describe the journey of drawing strength and wisdom from the past in order to move forward.

    Guiding philosophy of Bronx River Sankofa:
    “History does not refer merely or even principally to the past.
    On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, that we are unconsciously controlled by it,
    and that history is literally present in everything we do.”
    -James Baldwin, Dedicated Citizen and Novelist/Playwright/Cultural Critic


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