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Crossing Oceans; Crossing the Street

Thesis Project Entry by Berthena Kemp

Copyright: Jeanne Curran, Susan R. Takata, Berthena Kemp, and Individaul Authors, March 2002.
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On Tuesday, March 19, 2002, Berthena Kemp wrote:

My endeavors as an African American female to find out how to relate to citizens from some African countries led me to attend an African Global Conference held in Los Angeles.

I was amazed to learn that they were as diversified their ways over there as we African Americans are here. I noticed the delegation from Nigeria put a lot of emphasis on family look alike in their flamboyant dress. One father and son wore pure white knotted lace like full tunics. The Mother and daughters put a lot of emphasis on beautiful colorful satiny long dresses with matching head dresses. The delegation from Siereleone were dressed more like we do in America. I understand Siereleone was originally inhabited by former African slaves.

What really struck my heart were a pair of South African identical twins. One of them Albert was a medical doctor ministering in London. His brother Vincent was a pastor in London also. I had the opportunity to speak with them later at their sales booth. I shared with them about my identical twins Gerald and Phillip. I mentioned to them the death of Phillip and how unseparable he and his brother was. I was curious to know how the two of them (Albert and Vincent) chose such diversified careers. I was remembering how inseparable my Gerald and Phillip were: even when they went to the Navy.

I was not prepared for their reasoning. They told me according to recent statistics rural people from the bush countries are leaving the rurals in favor of the malls. Also aids has taken its toll even in the rurals and the people deserting the countryside for help in the metropolis.

It sounded to me that both of these young men were wise. One ministered to the physical and the other twin ministered to spiritual."