Kevin Powell: From Africa With Love #10<br />

Kevin Powell: From Africa With Love #10

Activist and writer Kevin Powell blogs exclusively for on his first, emotion-filled journey to the motherland

by Kevin Powell, November 19, 2012

Kevin Powell: From Africa With Love #10<br />

Kevin Powell

punctured the backs of my eyes, and I exploded into tears. And I cried and cried and cried. Cried for my first trip to Africa. Cried for the people of Africa. Cried for all I had seen there, all I felt there. Cried because I knew I would never be the same again, because of this journey "home." And I vowed, on that treadmill, that not only would the remainder of my life, no matter how long or short, continue to be dedicated to helping others, to public service in any and every way possible, but that Africa, now more than ever, would have a permanent place in that work.

Because Africa, however faint and distant, still, for me, was one of the homes I had been searching for my entire life....

Kevin Powell is an award-winning writer, public speaker, and political activist. Through the years Kevin has written for Ebony, Esquire, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Essence, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, and Vibe, where he served as a senior writer. He is also the author of 11 books, including his latest, “Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and the Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays.” Follow him on Twitter @kevin_powell, or email him at

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