Just a GRAIN of sand…

Following a trip to Ghana 2019, Melanated Pearl reflects on her transition. Starting at the very beginning. A grain of sand.

I once was a grain of sand. I enjoyed the consistency of the sun and the ocean. I was part of the land and surrounded by millions like me. I was protected. I was valued. I had purpose.

Melanated Pearl  Black Women In beach collecting sand
Melanated Pearl collecting sand from Cape Coast – Elmina Slave Castle 2019


Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to “Go back and get it” and also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol represented either with a stylized heart shape or by a bird with its head turned backwards while its feet face forward carrying a precious egg in its mouth.

The waves and the winds sing a song of Freedom !

The Land

My ancestors called to me as I walk towards the water. They celebrated my homecoming and when I placed my foot onto the earth I recalled the essence of my beginnings. I once was a grain of sand. I thrived among many. I had purpose. I had value. I had worth. And then…

Melanated Pearl   Black Women In beach in Africa
Melanated Pearl greeting the land.

The transition happened because it was necessary. I once was a GRAIN of SAND, but I was selected to transform, to move, to travel, to change. Without notice I was pick up by someone’s foot. I was separated from the earth. I was place in the water. I became a part of something I only experienced in ~waves. I transitioned individually and collectively and I settled into the water. I once was a grain of sand on the beach in the Motherland. But my transition made me part of the ocean.

Bringing that “BLACK Light” to things that aren’t quite right!