African by Peter Tosh
African by Peter Tosh. Yeah! You remember? He was a bandmate of Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer the reggae musicians? Well now that I’ve got your head bopping to some reggae beats, here are some great lyrics to inspire you. Akashic Books took these awesome lyrics and turned them into a book dedicated to the beautiful continent of Africa.
There are so many reasons to love this book:
- It’s got that great reggae feel to it
- It celebrates the beauty of African heritage
- It lets you know that Africans live EVERYWHERE
This is a great book for People of Color to read to their children to encourage pride in their heritage! African is also a great book for non People of Color to learn respect for the continent and the beauty of its people! The song, written decades ago, still sends a positive message that no matter what you look like or where you’re from, you’re African (and you belong). You could be from Bronx, Jamaica, Cuba, Miami, or Sweden, you’re an African! The book and the song also depict the various shades of African people; from light to dark, in all kinds of settings, which is quite refreshing to see!
BONUS! I found a recording of the song on youtube so you can sing along. Enjoy!
Qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge!