Liberia, Travel, Fear, Racism, White, Black, Volunteer, Shame, Face, Truth, Reconciliation, Problem, Solve, Hope, Blog

Facing Fear

I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND HER FEAR. Here was this elderly and wealthy woman who was terrified of small children ages 5-10. I run a literacy center for a non-profit that invites community volunteers to work with children who are behind grade-level in reading. Out of my 55 volunteers, this elderly woman far exceeds any other…

Liberia, West Africa, Travel, Discover, Discovery, True, Search, Authentic, Traveler, Blog, Black, African-American, Female, Trip

On the Search for a Real Africa

Growing up, I had always been ashamed. There were no brilliant revolutions to brag about. There were no exotic pictures to show off to friends. In fact, I would likely never bring it up if it weren’t for the inevitable question that follows after someone butchers my name, “Where are you from?” If the cards…

Liberia, Ebola, West Africa, Disease, Combat, Media

Liberia is not Ebola

“I DON’T TELL ANYONE I TRAVELED TO LIBERIA,” my sister told me. Her caution is not unwarranted. Four weeks ago, Woryeneh Benson returned to America from a three month visit to Liberia. After the first case developed in America, she found that she had returned to a nation that was gripped by a fear of…