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Unshackled Memory – A Truth Remembered

Last night, November 17, about 40 people gathered to honor the many African people who traveled from Africa to the Americas, where those who survived the trip were sold into slavery.

Unshackled Memory included an installation of paper boats painted in colors representing the vibrant hues of traditional Africa dress, as well as the multitude of flags from African nations. They were placed in the form of a peace symbol on the floor of Knight Auditorium by visiting artist Elshafei Dafalla Mohamed, who created 3400 of these boats.  

While Mohamed Joh Camara played African drum, others read poetry and essays, sang and danced. The names of those traveling on those boats were read aloud by the audience.  

Among the Babson students who shared their talent were Candace Armand, Winfred Fields, Victoria Ghafoor, Marie Pierre, Bridget Thrash, and London Howell, and others.

Elshafei took photos of the entire group as they surrounded the peace symbol holding hands.  A very moving experience provided by talented students from the Black Student Union and Babson African Student Organization. Emceed by Arts & Humanities professor Elizabeth Goldberg, it was supported by the Undergraduate School, Diversity Office, and the Office of Campus Life.

Don’t forget to visit Elshafei’s exhibit Delirium II through December 18 in Hollister lobby.