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Stevie Wonder is heading to West Africa for a profound reason.
During a recent interview With Oprah Winfrey, the 25-year-old Grammy winner, 70, discussed his future plans to live in Ghana indefinitely, as part of his efforts to protect his line of grandchildren and great-grandchildren from racial injustice in the USA. .
“I want to see this nation smile again,” he told Oprah, 67. “And I want to see it before I travel to move to Ghana, because I’m going to do that.”
When asked if she plans to move permanently, the star replied, “I am, because I don’t want my children’s kids to have to say, ‘Oh please please me. Please respect me. Please respect me. value me. ‘What kind of [life is that]? “
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The star’s decision can be influenced by a number of reasons, but it is often said that living in majority black regions gives black people a sense of security, confidence, liberation, and pride. Many argue that within the US, attending HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) gives American black students the same feelings.
Wonder has been considering moving to Ghana since 1994, according to the Orlando Sentinel. At the time, the “I Just Called to Say I Love You” hitmaker told a Washington meeting of the International African American Music Association that he had fallen in love with the country and that “there is more sense of community there.”
Last month, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.day, the musician wrote an emotional letter to the late civil rights leader and addressed the lack of racial advancement since the fight for equality, which began in the United States in the middle of The 1950s.
“Dear Dr. King, I met you when I was 14 years old,” he began. “You were a true hero and you became an inspiration.”
Wonder later said: “It is painful to know that the needle has not moved an iota. For 36 years, we have had a national holiday in honor of your birthdays and principles, but you would not believe the lack of progress. It makes me physically ill. I’m sick of politicians trying to find an easy solution to a 400-year-old problem. “
The vocalist concluded his letter with a call to action for “all those in the Senate to speak the truth about what they know they can see physically and begin the steps toward responsibility, forgiveness, and then healing.”