A famous African American attorney Angela Rye has likened her relationship with the African continent to that of a biological parent and that with the United States as that of an adopted parent.
In an interview with DNT on her first ever visit to the African continent and Ghana specifically, Rye said she now understood why all the ancestral political leaders from the other side of the Atlantic such as Marcus Garvey and WEB Dubois were frequenting Africa.
Angela Rye could not contain her emotions as she neared the African soil. “As the plane was landing I felt tears rolling down my face” because of the magnitude of emotions I felt. Like many African Americans who have visited the continent before her, she insists that one cannot adequately describe the feeling and that brothers and sister on the other side of the Atlantic just have to experience it themselves.
Rye also took time to touch on the Year of Return which has now graduated into the Beyond the Return campaign focusing more on long term engagement with the diaspora. “The Year of Return reminded us that the place that we created as a home wasn’t necessarily ours,” Rye said. This is truly home.
Angela Rye is an American attorney and the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in Washington, DC. She is a liberal political commentator on CNN and an NPR political analyst. She served as the executive director and general counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress.
Rye couldn’t pinpoint where she actually started her love for championing the black cause because she was lucky to have parents who were both involved with the struggle. “We had black books on the shelves and black art on the walls,” Rye remembered. so she was literally ushered into the struggles.
Asked is she has future plans of relocating to Africa Rye took the opportunity to introduce the term “Bi-continental.” “Instead of seeing Africa as an option why can’t we be bi-continental.” she asked rhetorically.
DNT News, Accra, Ghana