Tanzania : A Black Panther living in exile in Tanzania.

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~Ok this gentleman, his wife, and Umar Johnson are my heroes now...yep 2011 is getting off to a brilliant start...
 

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From watching the documentary, i don't think him or his wife would classify their lives as ''sad''..when life serve you lemons, you make lemonade..

''evolve or die''

This was what I meant was "sad." >>>



...Nor does he feel completely at home in Tanzania. Even after 30 years, O'Neal struggles to feel rooted in his adopted country, immersing himself in community work while drawing strength from the steady and optimistic Charlotte. But the fact remains that O'Neal is the only member of the Wameru tribe who enjoys CNN, Charlie Parker and Southern barbecue. Battling isolation, yearly bouts of malaria, and the many difficulties faced by any enterprise in the African bush, O'Neal remains an exile in fact and in spirit.

O'Neal's anguish is partially relieved by two dramatic reunions that took place during the filming of "A Panther in Africa." His 83-year-old mother, Florene, arrives for a rare visit. Also, a former Panther comrade, Geronimo Pratt, only recently freed from prison after 27 years on a conviction that was quashed because of FBI malfeasance, decides to build a home nearby. But the reunions also serve to emphasize how O'Neal remains a man caught between past and present, America and Africa. He knows he may well never see his mother again, or even be able to attend her funeral.....


http://www.joiningthedots.tv/main.aspx?level=coming_soon&content=612865174529
The documentary was filmed several years ago, I hope his mother has been able to return again since then.....not being able to set foot in the U.S. when she dies, I'm sure they both cherish any opportunity to see each other.

I don't know if she's still alive now or not.
 

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...His wife is free to return to the United States, but O'Neal rarely ventures far from their four-acre farm in this village 15 miles from Arusha, near the Kenyan border. His father died last year, and O'Neal was unable to attend the funeral in Missouri. He has not seen a daughter from his first marriage for 30 years....



...He and Charlotte raised their son and daughter in Tanzania, and both children went back to America - they live in the Kansas City area. But O'Neal remains....



http://www.uaacc.habari.co.tz/article on Pete O'Neal in Philidephia Enquiry.htm
 

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Arusha shines at ZIFF

This was my third time participating in the ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries. It seems that each year the weather has gotten hotter and the events have gotten even better! This year was the eighth annual festival in Zanzibar and the theme was “Monsoons and Migration”.

Jakub Barua, this year’s festival director, put it well when discussing this years theme when he explained that “It is the yearly recurrence of monsoons that generate the winds that power our sails. Nature’s forces harnessed to the needs of humanity. Like the wind of the monsoons, freedom can never be shackled. And when we move, we do it to be free from or for. Freedom to be our own better selves – that is what the arts are for. So migrants we all are, wherever and whenever we transcend physical, mental or spiritual spaces.”

http://www.uaacc.habari.co.tz/arusha_shines_at_ziff_by_charlot.htm

Charlotte Hill O'Neal
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Charlotte Hill O'Neal UAACC Heal the Community Tour 2010

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlotte-Hill-ONeal-UAACC-Heal-the-Community-Tour-2010/190035168256?v=wall
 

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This was what I meant was "sad." >>>





The documentary was filmed several years ago, I hope his mother has been able to return again since then.....not being able to set foot in the U.S. when she dies, I'm sure they both cherish any opportunity to see each other.

I don't know if she's still alive now or not.
Yes the part about his mother is sad...but from what he says in the documentary, i didn't get the impression that he did not feel completely at home, especially at the end ...must be the writer's own interpretation of Mr O'neal's experience...
 

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Yes the part about his mother is sad...but from what he says in the documentary, i didn't get the impression that he did not feel completely at home, especially at the end ...must be the writer's own interpretation of Mr O'neal's experience...
Well, after 38 years, I imagine he has had to resign himself to his reality and, obviously, has made the most of it in spite of any intermittent yearnings for Kansas City BBQ or jazz or seeing his family members in the U.S.

He and his wife have made great strides there, personally and socially; but I can empathize that the estrangement in their lives must hit them hard at times.
 

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