Malo Andre Hutson, Scholar
New York City, NY
"Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters."
--Frederick Douglass (August 3, 1857, speech at Canandaigua, New York).
What neighborhood, city or space affirms your Blackness?
Harlem, New York. The community represents the Black diaspora and has a long and storied history of rich culture, art, scholarship, music, activism, politics, economic development, diversity, food, celebration, worship and so much more in all its forms. To me Harlem is a community of love, support, hope, progress, struggle, innovation, and entrepreneurship.