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'It was November 2005. We were playing basketball at our local court at the housing estate in Flemington. Most people were out and about. They had broken their Ramadan fast. We were just spending time around the neighbourhood, playing ball. I was with three people, and one of the guys wanted to grab a cigarette. We walked from the housing estates out onto the main street, where the petrol station was. The petrol station was about 100 metres from the local high school. It just happened to be muck-up day.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Growing Up African in Australia Maxine Beneba Clarke (editor), Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2019 15503976 2019 anthology autobiography poetry

    'Learning to kick a football in a suburban schoolyard. Finding your feet as a young black dancer. Discovering your grandfather’s poetry. Meeting Nelson Mandela at your local church. Facing racism from those who should protect you. Dreading a visit to the hairdresser. House-hopping across the suburbs. Being too black. Not being black enough. Singing to find your soul, and then losing yourself.

    'Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African diaspora, from the Caribbean to the Americas. Told with passion, power, and poise, these are the stories of African-diaspora Australians: diverse, engaging, hopeful and heartfelt.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2019
    pg. 157-163
Last amended 21 May 2019 13:16:54