When Sonia Sanchez, renowned poet and activist request your presence, you show up, knowing the time will be well spent. When the occasion is her 75th birthday and it falls on a date as auspicious as September 9, 2009 you come, ready to celebrate.
A Harlem native, Sanchez raised twins to manhood in a spacious house in Philadelphia enlivened by art, books and a backyard garden. On Saturday, September 12, when the gathering was actually held, friends, comrades and family came from as far as California and St. Croix, Virgin Islands. The multi-generational assembly, of course, was a reunion of people of shared experiences as well as an opportunity for young people to sit at the feet of veteran cultural workers and artists such as Amiri and Amina Baraka, John Edgar Wideman, Camille Cosby and many more. Continue reading
That face on the $10 bill is full of history. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton might have been born 1,300 miles away on the Caribbean island of Nevis, but he would go on to become the quintessential New Yorker.
How did New York become the commercial capital of the world? Alexander Hamilton.
He grew up in St. Croix, but by the time he arrived in the United States at age 17, he was already good at making money.
He became President George Washington’s aide and later the U.S. secretary of the treasury and a Founding Father of the young nation.
He opened his own law office after passing the bar exam in just three months. Next, he organized the city’s first bank — The Bank of New York — which is still in business today.