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middle passage

n
(Physical Geography) the middle passage history the journey across the Atlantic Ocean from the W coast of Africa to the Caribbean: the longest part of the journey of the slave ships sailing to the Caribbean or the Americas

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n.
(sometimes caps.) the part of the Atlantic Ocean between the W coast of Africa and the West Indies: the longest part of the journey formerly made by slave ships.
[1780–90]
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The moment he showed himself to be thus engaged the Count turned round, slipped past the persons who occupied seats on the farther side of him from where we stood, and disappeared in the middle passage down the centre of the pit.
In the slave quarters, and even later, I heard whispered conversations among the coloured people of the tortures which the slaves, including, no doubt, my ancestors on my mother's side, suffered in the middle passage of the slave ship while being conveyed from Africa to America.
Glissant and the Middle Passage: Philosophy, Beginning, Abyss
Via interviews, students demonstrated different understandings and perspectives about their experiences with Africa, primarily the impact of slavery in Africa, during The Middle Passage, and in the Americas - specifically slavery's contemporary impact on the lives of U.S.
The festival includes a Juneteenth Jazz Concert; screening of the film "I Am Not Your Negro," a documentary on the unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin; the outdoor festival featuring African dancers and drummers and youth groups; Libation; Pilgrimage Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement; and the traditional throwing of flower petals into the ocean to honor those millions of lives lost coming through the Middle Passage. Drum Call for all drummers to meet at Continental Park at Fort Monroe at 11 am.
Dedicated to the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters, the poem calls the speaker to a baptismal moment that simultaneously evokes the "troubled waters" of the Middle Passage: "I love you in the water / Where they pretended to wade, / Singing that old blood-deep song / That dragged us to those banks / And cast us in."
This exhibition, her Canadian debut, encompasses drawings (from earlier works featuring midcentury glamour shots peddling pomade to new creations populated with coral spawn and seagrass) and paintings, including selections from her recent "Sea Bed" canvases, conjuring the Middle Passage and the wide, watery grave across which slave ships ferried human cargo.
Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology
That spirit suffuses this volume, from "Because," a gentle poem addressed to sons and daughters, to reflections on the strengths of ancestors in "I Am a Mirror." But there's also resoluteness behind these poems, a willingness to hint at big themes--age, death, loss, independence, heaven, the auction block and the middle passage, and an encouragement to take a stand.
Thus, the Middle Passage and slavery, along with concepts of ur-trauma.
Almost midway through the thoroughly researched and visually arresting 'Soul of a Nation' hangs Middle Passage (1970; Fig.