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Struggling For Home [3.6.2007]

As Ghana marks its fiftieth year as an independent country, more and more African Americans continue to travel there, and in some instances, settle there.Saidiya Hartman was born with a different first name, Valarie.  She changed it in part to spite her parents, and also because she wanted to be and feel more African.  Yet when she traveled to Ghana years later, she found that she was an outsider to people she'd previously hoped would be like long-lost members of her family. Also in this episode: Marcus Mann has a parallel, but different story than Saidiya's.  He found his true home in Ghana. 

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