The Junkanoo and dancing to celebrate the life of the dead

My ancestry hails from the Bahamas. Growing up there were Junkanoos to celebrate happiness and console during sadness. I watched my family and friends dance with joy and I never danced. I think it was not just the passing of a single soul — it was an accumulated sadness of memories of dozen of love ones that transitioned from the physical to the spiritual.



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JoAnn Rolle, Ph.d.

JoAnn Rolle, Ph.D., Dean of Business at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York (CUNY) is an economist and international keynote speaker.