Our people have been calling Oak Bluffs, an enclave of Martha's Vineyard, home since the 1800s. The first wave of people to arrive at the Massachusetts hideaway were indentured servants, whalers, and domestic workers.
Another wave came because the island was once an Underground Railroad stop. Eventually, many purchased property, built beautiful homes and spread the word to our people.
Their dollhouse-like homes, known as gingerbread houses, line the streets with colorful, pastel-painted exterior, perhaps a reflection of the peace and joy our people finally felt.
But there’s something even more important than pretty houses here.
White supremacy has ensured that leisure doesn't come easy for us. But many believe that Oak Bluffs is where our people genuinely exist in community, caring for one another, and where the warm feeling of a family reunion rests in the air.
Of course, no place is a complete paradise void of the ills of a white supremacist society. But we do deserve summertime (and beyond) sanctuaries like this!