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WEEKDAY MAGAZINE – The Bronx: A Prose Poem

Grand Concourse (photo: Wikimedia Commons/Siddarth Hanumanthu)

by Mark Naison

April 1, 2019

The Bronx. Where, for more than a hundred years, the world’s immigrants and migrants come to make their mark

The Bronx. Different yet the same after a hundred years of ethnic succession. Whether Irish, Jewish, Italian, African American, Puerto Rican, West Indian, Mexican, Dominican, West African, Albanian, or Bengladeshi- it’s still the place where people bearing memories of suffering in a score of different places live cheek by jowl in difficult conditions and create the world’s greatest music

The Bronx. Like the Mississippi Delta, it provides continuous proof of the proposition that those with the least often have the most to say, and that the arrogance of the rulers will be mocked by the lasting contributions of those over whom they ruled

The Bronx. Proving that democracy, even when mocked in politics and economics, is validated in culture. And that the cultural capital of those who share is greater than the wealth of those who hoard

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Mark Naison is Professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University and founded the Bronx African American History Project.

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