I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I work and live. I recognize their continuing connection to land, water, and community.
I acknowledge that my home and place of work are situated on the traditional ancestral and unceded lands of the Piscataway, the Lenape, and the Susquehanna indigenous peoples, who have been joined through the northern migration by Lumbee and Cherokee communities in this region we now call Baltimore.
I honor all traditional custodians of this region.
I pay respect to the enslaved Afrodescendants who tilled and labored on this land, who were bought, sold, and self-emancipated on this land. I recognize a continuing struggle for liberation in the Baltimore region’s Black communities.
I acknowledge settler colonialism and enslavement as well as resistance and resilience.
Passive acknowledgement is not enough to restore stolen lands and stolen people. May this statement be a step in building reciprocity, solidarity, and restoration.
I pay respect to Ancestors and Elders.