Mission

The Ancestor Project, Artist Kwame Akoto-Bamfo, Ghana

Decolonial Passage welcomes writing from writers of all backgrounds engaged in the decolonial project, regardless of the writer’s race, origin, gender, disability, or geographical location. Simultaneously, Decolonial Passage centers African, African-American, and Black Diaspora writing from the African continent, the Americas, Europe, and beyond.  Decolonial Passage presents each distinct piece of writing as a passage worthy of readers’ attention in which writers create texts to articulate a variety of themata affecting the human condition including, but not limited to authenticity, liberty, alienation, dignity, community, and boundless love.  Decolonial Passage publishes writing from emerging and established writers who use language and form in innovative ways.

     Likewise, Decolonial Passage acknowledges the fundamental significance of movement in the lives of African and African-descended peoples who have oftentimes transcended geographical spaces.  These geographical passages include: forced removal and embarkment to the Americas resulting in some resistant Africans risking a jump overboard to return to the continent; the movement of peoples within the Caribbean Basin and around the nearby surrounding land masses of North, Central, and South America; the Great Migration of African-Americans in the United States; intentional African migration to Europe and the Americas; migration on the African continent itself; as well as the most recent transcontinental communication via internet and social media.  Decolonial Passage aims to shed light not only on the movement driven primarily by capital but on the authentic selves African and African-descended peoples have created with words and images to illuminate these passages.

     Ours goal is that each piece of writing helps establish a community that broadens our horizons as we seek to pass beyond artificial boundaries forged both by force and intentional migration and by the imposition of national borders that were not our creation.