Mark Sawyer, Presente!

I learned today of Mark Sawyer's passing. I never got to meet him but I imagined many a conversation. He was often in my mind as his words and political theorizations helped me on my way from community organizer to activist-intellectual. And while he wrote many brilliant works, his Du Bois's Double Consciousness versus Latin American Exceptionalism: Joe Arroyo, Salsa, and Negritude made such an impression on me as an undergraduate that it remains a touchstone for my dissertation. It is one of the finest works of Black Political theory I have ever read. His voice held me up at times where I despaired at the hostility toward engaging the entanglement of Black Latin American and Caribbean with a global Black Political. And continue hold us up it will. Descansa en poder hermano.