There is the need to address the specific vulnerability and demeanour of Africans living in the Irish community. Martin Luther King Jr was right when he said ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that’. We should begin to understand that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. We Africans living with you here are good people with clear hearts and mind. Our mutual coexistence with you will be more beautiful if not only you accept pleasantries but reciprocate when you see us because kindness is the best nourishment for humanity. Please sit close to us at events let’s relate well because we too are humans and not more/less better than you are. Allow your children play with our children at the parks and please give us jobs when we seek employment and to those of us that are fortunate to have jobs, enable us to have fertile grounds to thrive and rise in ranks based on merit. We need friendship from you to enable us learn your culture and teach you ours . It is the simultaneous interplay of the black and white keys on the piano that gives the best of sound/melodies soothing to hear. Unity in diversity of colour/race guarantees the best of coexistence; we want to join you in unity to support the Irish society and to make the world a better place for all. The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others – Albert Schweitzer.
A special thank you to Lorraine, Amy, Sean and all the team at Longford resource centre for given us all the support we need to achieve our aim.