The Shamba La Shela Schooll in Lamu, Kenya

Ever since I was a child growing up in Jamaica, I heard people mumble about going back to Africa. Jamaican history reminded me that Marcus Garvy promoted the idea during the 1940s. I listened to Rastafarians preach about going to Ethiopia, which they believed was the promised land during my formative years. However, I had no desire to go back; I had my heart set on going forward to New York.