Kyle Salandy (Xavier University)

During the TransAtlantic slave crossings, many enslaved Africans realized their fate if they concluded their journey across this vast ocean and arrived at the shores of the New World. With this knowledge, they deemed a life enslaved wasn’t a life worth living, so some jumped ship to avoid such an existence and possibly an existence for their children and generations after. This piece is in tribute to those sacred African souls that cover the ocean floor of these slave shipping routes, the ones that fought on, and the women that lead us to freedom. This also pays respect to the ones who were martyred in the name of Black unity and equality and working to capsize the systems that are still in operation today, stemming from the first movements of Africans to the New World in the early 16th century.