Showing posts from July, 2018

Remembering my grandmothers

A few months ago I got atattoo with my grandmothers’ names: Hlathi and Bhele. Hlathi is my paternal grandmother’s isiduko and Bhele is my maternal grandmother’s isiduko. I have also been fascinated by how no one called them by their names but rather their family names. Their names are part of a picture of Xhosa women dancing taken by Constance Stuart Larabee. It is on my arm above my elbow. Below that is an image a student of mine drew of a woman wearing a headwrap and where there’s supposed to be a face there’s a fist: she told me it represented parts of who I am: strength, black consciousness, black womanhood.

4th of July


Lessons: Drew Summer Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation

For two weeks I have been part of a summer programme hosted at Drew University: Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation which is part of the work done by Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict (CRCC).  The aim of the programme is to bring together young leaders who work as peace-builders and activists in the three faiths: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. I have met people from Israel, Palestine, Indonesia, Nigeria, Egypt and Pakistan. Since joining the Centre for Being and Belonging which was established by two friends, I have become more and more interested in work which aims to bring together people from often opposing positions into a room and imagine a better world. This is what the institute has been about for me.

Within a few days of the Institute, I heard about the news of Trump's administration keeping children away from their parents . America has also been abuzz about decisions related to the Muslim Ban and the decisions Trump has to ma…