Cover Story

Recovering Traditions: Languages of Meritah

Yaya Jammeh

Gambia’s president, Yahya Jammeh (left) greeting a supporter.  Jammeh is helping reignite the struggle for Meritahn (African) languages to replace colonial languages being used in his country.

No language can fit you like your mother tongue, especially if you still speak it or used to speak it well. Your mother tongue holds your earliest memories, the first human sounds you heard after birth, your earliest conversations with your mother, the first months and years of your life and much more. Your mother tongue connects you to your past as completely as no language you learn after it ever does. Your mother tongue lets you voice everything that you became since you were born; it reveals the world into which you are becoming like no other language, and it connects you to the worldview of the community in which you were born more completely than any languages you master after it.

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Volume 15.2

The Earth Center Opens In Baltimore


Baltimore Earth Center initiate displays publications during a lecture.

Yes, you read it correctly! And it has been a long time coming… The Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia region has been blessed and honored to become the sixth location within the continent of Maanu (Americas) in which the sacred and prestigious education of traditional Kemetic initiation will commence. This is no small thing, and the timing of it’s opening could not have found us in a more desperate condition.

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Talking Drum

The Uprooting

Protesters in Burkina Faso have demanded the election of a new president. Which kind of leader will be the next to take office?

The continent of those considered “underdeveloped” or “uncivilized” is being invaded by several streams of thought and ideologies that have colonial and imperialist origins. The notable remark is that the authenticity of the values is being wiped out by this phenomenon.

To talk about authenticity is to talk about dignity. And he who talks about dignity talks about remaining incorruptible – standing on the principles and customs that have taken care of a people for thousands of years although some have the tendency of claiming that this is the 21st century, as if moving astray from one predecessor’s understanding of existence should be honorable.

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Survivor's Notebook



The return home to one’s roots is an essential journey. It involves returning in one’s heart and mind, to live as one’s Ancestors once did.

The basic survival instinct is to return home. No matter how far away from home we travel, whether kidnapped, stranded or lost, the quest to return home is priority for any human being. Imagine forgetting where or what home is, or even being born away from home. Imagine living in a place where every symbol that represents your home is considered evil, ignorant or obsolete. If you become convinced that there is nothing valuable about your place of origin, what will you call home? The very place that has convinced you that you have nothing to gain from your roots will be where you seek comfort, guidance, support, refuge, etc. This place will teach you your ideas of right and wrong, freedom, justice, equality, success, beauty, love… It will be your source of pride. If you are happy, it’s because this place has accepted you. If it does not, it can make your life a living hell.

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Event Calendar

Ateeri Events & Holy Days

Sunnyside 15.2 Event Calendar

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