This book of essay observations, poetry and originally written slave narratives will change the way you feel about yourself. It points to issues that have been in the back of your mind and hovering right there on the brink of your consciousness. It will reinforce your sense of pride and help you feel good about yourself. It has the capacity to help all (black and white) who read it understand more about their glorious history and magnificent contributions to this country and to the world at large. It is a prayer that this understanding becomes the catalyst for fundamental change in our lives that ultimately leads to good fortune and prosperity.

Black people throughout the African Diaspora need to learn to love instead of hate and start with them selves. It is based on the fact that we have been taught self-hate and we must re-learn how to love, plain and simple, learn how to love. This decision has to be made by the Africans in America who have always been, and still are, the backbone of this country.

Now that we have elected Barack Obama as our president, we must do as he suggest. We must change. If we consciously and collectively decided to turn this country around, we could. If we collectively decided to stop work, the country would shut down. If we decide to do more work, we will have more produce. If we collectively decide to stop warring on fellow human beings, there will be no bombing. If we collectively decide to love instead of hate and stop relying on anyone other than ourselves for instructions, we can save the planet. Until we have these discussions and make these decisions…God help us all…

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Comment by Ty Gray-EL on February 14, 2012 at 8:44pm
Wow, I am humbled by your comments and encouraged to keep going. Not all of us have courage enough for truth and that makes the road hard to traverse but I am a witness that God will deliver if you remain steadfast and obey. The Fifth Commandment tells us that we must 'Honor your father and your mother that your days may be longer upon the earth which the Lord thy God hath given you."

I submit that the biggest problem facing black people in particular and the world at large is that we not honoring that commandment. The sooner we start respecting, appreciating and elevating our own, the sooner we will reap the benefits that come with being obedient. I have dedicated my life to this cause and even though the rewards are slow to manifest, I am certain that they are eminent. I thank you for your continued support and look forward to all of our celebrations. God bless you.
Comment by Lydell Jackson on February 14, 2012 at 7:00pm

@Pla James...I know how you feel my dear sister. When I began reading  "Breath of My Ancestors" I could not put it down. It is as if brother Ty Gray-El is connected to the spirit of our ancestors and sharing their message with us today. The messages are powerfull and his delivery is equal to the weight of each poem, commentary and narrative. I know you will enjoy the rest of your reading as well! It is always my pleasure to uplift the spirit of us all. Your response makes it all worth while!

Comment by Wes Barnard on February 14, 2012 at 2:34pm

Brother Ty Gray-El,

What a joy to know that you are still contributing to the massive changes taking place on the planet. You have touched on a profound truth - we can do anything we set our minds and hearts to do. You challenge all of us to become more self-aware despite the centuries of mind conditioning. I truly believe that more and more of our brothers and sisters (black and white) are awakening, becoming more self-aware and independent. 

   I would encourage each of us to turn off the TV (a massive mind control tool) and pick up a book. Start feeding our minds and hearts with good solid information and advice. Begin to actually implement change in our personal lives. In other words, become the change we want to see in the world. Recognize that we are all congealed energy, a small part of a universe of energy. Understand our connection to one another - do no harm. Love one another, care about one another. Then watch how the world starts to change, but it begins with us. So, when we wonder what in the world is going on, all we have to do is look in the mirror and ask, "Am I part of the solution or part of the problem?" Thanks for the reminder, my brother. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

Comment by Ty Gray-EL on February 14, 2012 at 12:56pm
Bless your heart my sister. Did you already order through Amazon? If not, I can send you an autographed copy and you'll get it in a couple of days.
Comment by Lydell Jackson on October 27, 2010 at 3:05pm
And so we begin!
Comment by Ty Gray-EL on October 27, 2010 at 2:53pm
My brother Wes, I am honored you find my words worthy and feel privileged to be in the company of like-minds. I am of the same mind with respect to repatriation. I do believe we should establish homes in our mother-land. The same as the the Irish, the English and French stay connected to their European roots, so should we.
We have a lot of work to do in making the case with our people though. We have been so thoroughly miseducated that a great many don't recognize Africa as home. My biological father is one, I love him to life but the brother is deaf, dumb and blind to the knowledge of himself.
I am interested in what kinds of strategies to use to facilitate our reconnection with our own. I have noticed that whenever there is any kind of rebuilding or erection of new communities here, it is done through the arts. You may note that most rural areas that convert to an urban more populated community bring in the culture and the arts to "civilize" those who might be disagreeable.
And so it is my approach to use the arts as an introduction to the miseducated and to those who are out-right antagonist. They are hard-pressed to find fault with one connecting with their cultural roots using various art forms.
So, I am more than delighted to join in the movement home, having never had the privilege in this life time of visiting the home of my Ancestors, I so look forward to that glorious day when I put my feet on that hallowed ground.
Having never seen it, I have had discussions with my wife about moving to the very same Ghana. I have gone through ceremony here in the DC area and been seated as an elder and been invited, but alas the opportunity has not availed itself as yet.
I am of the mind that if the US continues with some of its inhumane policies of war and continue to enslave my people through the use of the 13th Amendment then I may repatriate and never return. I am tired and growing more weary every day of the political war machines. War machines that continually attack the world at large and my people in particular.
So again, any strategies that you are considering, any events coming up, please know that I am your brother in faith and I am open to suggestion. I made note of your email and number. I can be reached at and my phone is 202-321-8983
Peace & Love
Comment by Wes Barnard on October 27, 2010 at 1:34pm
Brother Grey-El,
Greetings and peace to you and yours. I am in complete accord with your observations and conclusions. Nothing happens, good or bad, without our making it happen. This is a profound truth sitting right under our noses, yet seemingly invisible to most. Your book will no doubt strip the cloak of invisibility away and make more of us 'aware'.

I want to add a spin-off thought: We, Africans in the Diaspora, must also build a 'bridge' back to Africa. Since my wife and I visited Ghana last year, I have been obsessed with building this 'bridge'. I have discussed this at some length with Brother Lydell Jackson. Now, I ask for your assistance. Please think about how we can begin to gather together those among us determined to repatriate?

In Ghana, as is true in most of Africa, there are two centers of power: The form of government left by the colonialist powers and the traditional Tribal Chiefs. The traditional Tribal Chiefs in Ghana have undergone a ritual of atonement in the early '90's for the complicity of their ancestors role in the TransAtlantic Slave trade. Thousands of Africans from the Diaspora are living in Ghana today and have pioneered the strategy I believe offers hope of uniting both peoples. The elements for success are in place. What seems to be lacking is unifying those interested in supporting and benefiting from a repatriation strategy. How do we gather them together and begin the process of unified activity? Your thoughts are welcome, my brother. If you prefer to communicate off-blog, my email address is and phone number is 317-370-8719. Peace and love to you and yours, my brother.


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