- Posted May 24, 2010 by
Washington, District of Columbia
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Hi, my name is...
Hi! My name is Omekongo Dibinga!
Can you hear the drums behind my name???!!! I was named after the person who saved my grandfather's life as a child in eastern Congo. Though that is a reason to be proud, people treated me like garbage in America. They would call me names like African bush-boogie or African booty-scratcher so I would shorten my name to "O" to blend in. "Old McDonald had a farm" became "Omekongo had a farm." As I got older, I realized it was a slap in the face to disrespect my parents' name choice. I accpted my name as a badge of honor and now I use my experiences to teach people about diversity. I don't have a farm yet but maybe one day I will!