SOMETHING'S IN THE WATER
"Something in the Water" explores the complex relationship between black people and water. Throughout history, water has played a profound role in the lives of black people. From the joy and freedom of swimming in serene lakes and oceans to the trauma and pain of forced transportation across the Middle Passage, the violent use of water hoses during the Civil Rights Movement, and modern-day environmental discrimination. However, water also holds cultural significance within the black community, from baptisms to the importance of access to clean water in underserved communities. Water has also been viewed as a symbol of freedom, allowing our ancestors to escape abuse by jumping ship or using it as a hidden passage during the underground railroad. We hear stories of resilience and survival, as well as of loss and grief. Throughout it all, the unyielding strength and beauty of black people remain evident, and water has both challenged and nourished us in remarkable ways.