Thandisizwe Chimurenga

 

Traditionally, people of African descent dispersed throughout the world have named their children at birth with the intention to align them with unique destiny. Not all of us have been lucky enough to have been given a name with unique purpose in mind, and some of us have decided, radically, to name ourselves as a self-determining act. This is particularly true for Black Americans whose culture and traditions have been compromised by various forms of institutionalized terror, the kind that interrupts the human inclination to record, either orally or by written word, family history. For Black people, renaming ourselves is a political act and a powerful way to step inside of  purpose. Her name is Thandisizwe Chimurenga and the literal translation of her name is Love of the People (Thandisizwe) and National Liberation (Chimurenga). Her purpose is to promote national liberation through words with the force of love as a guide. She is a writer who has committed her practice to will Black people into freedom and report stories that happen in our community with a humanizing liberatory arm of reporting known as "Emancipatory Journalism."  

By DJ Lynnée Denise, Visiting Lecturer at the Pan African Studies Department CSULA

 

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