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PHOTOS BY JON GENIUS

Being a black patriot is a rugged path.  Descended from enslaved Africans of the pre-American 1600s, I am one in a generation seated at the cumbersome inheritance American democracy.  I am often restless, aware of the spikes and the lulls of progress—at times calmed in moments of reflection when I discover things like the fact James Baldwin believed, back in the early 1960s, we would have a black president of the United States with in a few generations.  What great faith when today disillusionment with government comes so easy.

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This year, launched with the release of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and the postmortem fame of Trayvon Martin, calls for more patriots—American civilians who will stand and steer the direction of America through participation at the polls, yes, and service that…

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