Martin Luther King Day in Jamaica: The Dark Cloud of Violence


Today was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. Jamaica: On New Year’s Eve (I was just reminded just this evening) I heard an eruption of fireworks, from people’s yards. There was a curfew, so there was no public display downtown. What I also heard was the insistent pumping, the flat thump of … More Martin Luther King Day in Jamaica: The Dark Cloud of Violence

The Morning After “The Weeping Time”: a Post from April, 2020


Writer and historian Dr. Anne C. Bailey, looking back, just decided to repost this moving article, which she first published in April, 2020 – just when the pain and loss of the COVID-19 pandemic was being felt deeply in the United States – and in particular in the state of New York, where Dr. Bailey … More The Morning After “The Weeping Time”: a Post from April, 2020

 Juneteenth, Freedom and Financial Bondage: From Dr. Anne C. Bailey’s Blog


I am shamelessly copying and pasting from my friend Dr. Anne C. Bailey’s blog. You can find the link here. Anne blogs (and writes books, and teaches) about “race, slavery, refugees, diasporas, African American, Caribbean and African studies, human rights, history, and memory.” I always learn so much from her. Here is her latest post, … More  Juneteenth, Freedom and Financial Bondage: From Dr. Anne C. Bailey’s Blog

“Or Does It Explode?” On the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Death


Originally posted on Destructive Anachronism:
As I’m sure most of you are aware, today marks the fiftieth anniversary since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had been since 18 March assisting the sanitation workers striking for better pay and working conditions. King, whom…

Wishing for Wings by Debbie Jacob: The Voices of Trinidad’s Imprisoned Boys


I had the honor and pleasure of reviewing this book for the Kingston-based Ian Randle Publishers. I found it a remarkably gripping and emotional experience. The words of the boys simply tear at your heart. I would highly recommend the book for anyone working with at-risk youth, educators, sociologists, psychologists – or anyone concerned with … More Wishing for Wings by Debbie Jacob: The Voices of Trinidad’s Imprisoned Boys

African Postman: Fifty Years of the African Writers Series


Yes, my African Postman series is back, after a rather long hiatus. And I am starting back with a topic dear to my heart. As a literature lover, I have always been very partial to African writers. My stack of novels on the floor of the bedroom (they are there by default) includes several from … More African Postman: Fifty Years of the African Writers Series

Real Revolutionaries


Yes, the Petchary has been slowed down by work and other writing pursuits.  This one, though, is a tribute to two men whose urgent voices have been quietened.  For now.  But they have been, and will continue to be, inspiring. Gil Scott-Heron loved the word “revolution.”  After all, he emerged during the heady days of … More Real Revolutionaries