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Re: Meeting David Wilson
In Response To: Re: Meeting David Wilson ()

David,

Below are some of my thoughts on the film.

I thought that the film was great! I could see myself doing what the young David did. I laughed at how excited he got when he saw the remnants of the slave hut. I could see myself reacting the same way. This scene made me think about how I felt when I walked in the church building that my Grandma Ven attended. The building was owned by a white lady and had been used as a thrift shop. When I visited, it was being used as a storage building. As I walked through the building taking pictures, I could visualize Grandma Ven and the other church members in there praising God. As I walked the floor from the door up towards the pulpit, I got goose bumps as I thought about the fact that this was the floor and path that she habitually walked shouting “Holy, Holy, Holy!”

I appreciated the fact that the older David was willing to talk about such a sensitive matter and that he and his family were willing to attend the family reunion. Young David handled himself extremely well and kept his composure. I know that there are many other African Americans who would not have kept their composure. The 97-year-old lady who was a friend of the family was quite comical. I liked the way she told David that all the older David owned him was respect.

If I had the opportunity, I think that I would have handled this meeting as well as Young David did. Although I’m sure that this would be an emotional experience, my focus would be more on what additional information I could get from this experience about my ancestors rather than lashing out at the descendants of the family who enslaved my ancestors.

I loved the family reunion scene and how the black and white Wilsons danced with each other and had fun. The scene when the caravan of white Wilsons arrived at the reunion was dramatic and a bit tense, but thankfully everyone got along and had a good time. Young David’s trip to Ghana was touching and I hope to take that type of trip some day.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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