by refixico

kuntaTribute to Beah 2

The statement below the links is a second installment of a letter that I wrote to my  California Congresswoman Maxine Waters.  The original letter is a request for Congresswoman Waters to consider writing a letter of  positive recognition in favor of my Cultural Mission to Paramaribo, Suriname ,S.A. to attend and participate in the country’s 255th Anniversary Celebration of Maroon Freedom by treaty from the reigning Colonial power. If Congresswoman Waters, complies I can move the Public Relations theme to a new level. I would next ask Her Excellency Dr. Fidelia Graand-Galon  Suriname’s Ambassador to Trinidad-Tobago and a Founder of the Maroon Women’s Chamber of Cooperation (which also includes Jamaica) to respond in kind, thereby establishing diplomatic relations of a cultural nature.

Levar Burton’s photo is on the left and mine is on the right.



Levar Burton/Kunta Kinte of “Roots”,  in 2010 was the Special Guest of The Maroon Women Chamber of Cooperation. This year at the same event, I have the honor of being feted by the same group. The MWCoC is composed of the Women of the Caribbean whose Ancestors were those Maroons who won their Freedom by Direct Combat with their Colonial Oppressors. They have chosen me because as a Seminole Maroon Descendant, I represent the North American Maroons who also won their Freedom from their North American Oppressors by combat, a freedom that was recognized by a Treaty. My choice is in part based on my 17 years of activism and the North American Network that has been created by it. As a Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/ Network to Freedom 1998 Act, it is my duty to help define the Networks (both National and International) created by formerly enslaved people seeking freedom from slavery and oppression. My trip at the invitation of and help from the MWCoC gives an important illustration to what really happened . If we are to accomplish President Obama’s policy of “Reconciliation”, we need to participate in international events of this stature. In 2012, I was brought to the Caribbean to speak at the United States Virgin Islands Inaugural Sacred Maroon Ridge Commemoration. I spoke, at the event and at the conference striving to interpret the facts that are stated in the Law ,which says: “The Underground Railroad bridged the divides of race,religion, sectional differences
and nationality: spanned State lines and International borders” Thank you , Suriname Ambassador and Okanisi/Ndyuka Maroon Dr. Fidelia Graand-Galon and my Maroon Cultural Cousins, from Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago and Jamaica who collectively form the Dya Dya (Powerful) Maroons of the MWCoC.

Sincerely Yours,
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant and Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act