Saturday, January 19, 2008

NEW YORK VOICES : The Liberians of Staten Island | Thirteen / WNET New York

NEW YORK VOICES : The Liberians of Staten Island Thirteen / WNET New York




  1. Liberia, a West African country founded by freed American slaves
  2. In two (2) paragraphs write when and why did freed Americans go to Liberia. (Hint: See Dr. Shabaka) or History Of Liberia: A Time Line
  3. What questions would you ask Agnes Umunna and Jacob Massaqoi and their organizations?
  4. Contact him and conduct an interview.

Liberia, Maryland State Colonization Society

Agnes M.F.Kamara-Umunna,Straight From The Heart Radio Producer/ Presenter

Seeking Hidden Accounts of Atrocity

From Staten Island Haven, Liberians Reveal War’s Scars

Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Liberian peace process 1990-1996 Chronology Wikipedia-Liberia

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Liberia) UNIBOA

10 comments:

Charles☺☻ said...

I really enjoyed reading this. It was very interesting and informing. Ms. Williams your blog is very grandiose and keep it up.

Charles☺☻ said...

I really enjoyed reading this. It was very interesting and informing. Ms. Williams your blog is very grandiose and keep it up.

D@ 1 fOR H!M said...

i don't know lhow i can i answer the question. the information bthat i was reading doesn't sdtate why they settle in liberia it only states what happened after they settled there.

Janiel said...

This piece of information proved to be very informative.The article proved that freed Americans went to Liberia to help clean up the chaos/mess that was caused by the 14 year bloddy civil war.The Americans gave them refuge and much of the Liberians re-located to Staten Island,New York.
If I could ask Jacob Massaqoi and his organization any question(s),I would ask him [how were the living conditions directly after the war?] and [how long did it take the Americans to adjust in Liberia?]

LaDii CuTiE14 said...

in 1989 liberia was torn apart with many deaths americans went to liberia to help the liberians emmigrate to a better live place as well teach them how to read i found this text boring but imformative

king dr3 said...

In 1822, the American Colonization Society established Liberia as a place to send freed African-American slaves.African-Americans gradually immigrated to the colony and became known as Americo-Liberians, where many present day Liberians trace their ancestry. On July 26, 1847, the Americo-Liberian settlers declared the independence of the Republic of Liberia.The settlers regarded Africa as a "Promised Land", but they did not integrate into an African society. Once in Africa, they referred to themselves as "Americans" and were recognized as such by local Africans and by British colonial authorities in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
If I could contact jacob massaqoi i would ask him where is he getting his funding from? and Where is the base of his organization loacated?

Kali said...

This is my view!!!

In the 1800s, many freed American slaves fleed back to Liberia. In an article I read on CNN.com states, "[Colonization] was supposed to be sort of a remedy for slavery and racial inequality in the country," said Claude Clegg, author of "The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the Making of Liberia." "Colonization was believed to be a middle ground -- you rid the nation of slavery but also rid the country of African Americans and the whole issue of race altogether."

These freed slaves had no choice but to go back to Liberia. Blacks were only granted true freedom outside the United States. Many slaveholders did not want free blacks in the country and some freed blacks actually wished to live in their ancestral homeland, Liberia.

Many slaves didn't agree with colonization. They wanted to stay in the United States and fight for their freedom, instead of just running back to their homelands.

Charles☺☻ said...

This article is very ample. I would ask him how did the first liberians feel about their freedom?

youngkanye22 said...

Blacks went to Liberia because the felt that was the only way to be free. They knew that if they stayed, that they would not be seen as equals.
Dr. Shabake said that blacks also went to liberia because they had no choice. They felt that the founding fathers were not part of the plans of America.

nayah25 said...

In the late 1800s many blacks felt that the only place for them to be safe was in Liberia that's why they went there. They had no choice they could get true frredom outside the U.S and that couldn't happen