Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’: Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior…

BOOK REVIEW, May 1, 2023 / BOOK INFORMATION: Title: Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’: Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior, in the Shadows of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (Publisher: Abbott Press, 2018/ Rev. 2022) Author: William “Duke” Smither THE MOVING WORDS BOOK REVIEW “Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’” is the prequel to William “Duke” Smither’s “Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue.” Set in

‘Gems’ Along the James: The St. Emma Military Academy Campus

By William “Duke” Smither Growing up in Kentucky, on the cusp of legalized segregation and school desegregation, I became familiar with all kinds of gemstones one could find along the creeks and riverbanks, especially the sand bars, shallow river bends, and water channels which swished and swirled, like speckled water-serpents, and striped ribbon-snakes. Not diamonds

‘A story Brazil never wanted to tell’: the podcasts reclaiming the country’s Black history

One of Brazil’s most celebrated Black authors sat on stage and posed a vital question to a nation unaware of its past. Why, asked Conceição Evaristo, were Brazilian schoolchildren taught about the 1835 Ragamuffin war – when separatist forces rebelled against the empire at the behest of white landowners – but not the Malê revolt,

Passage(S) To Saint-Domingue  The ‘Moving Words’ Book Review

The Moving Words Review: “This book is a beautiful homage to the indigenous Taino and the Maroon people, thoroughly researched by Smither and richly illustrated by maps that help to understand the whole universe of the novel. This universe mixes the encyclopedic knowledge about real-life facts of the period with the elaborate penmanship of Jakobe’s