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Legacy

by Katia

The world we live in today is fraught with violence, hatred, and more “-isms” than ever. Civilization, as we know it, is precariously perched. Is this the "Legacy" we want to leave our children? This is what the song is about.
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Katia D. Ulysse was born in Petion-Ville, Haiti. She came to the United States as a teen. She is a critically acclaimed novelist. She has published a collection of short stories, bi-lingual books for children, and poetry.

She sang in the church choir in Haiti. Fearing she would be spurned by her strict parents for singing secular music, Katia went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s in post-secondary Education.

While teaching in Baltimore City's public schools, Katia inspired thousands of students to embrace their talents and express themselves, but failed to take her own advice. Until now.

Her goal is to encourage everyone who has a dream caged inside to release it through positive means.

Her voice is soulful, hypnotic, and passionate. Her song, “Legacy” could not be timelier. The lyrics are timeless, indeed. The world we live in today is fraught with violence, hatred, and more “-isms” than ever. Civilization, as we know it, is precariously perched. The song asks simple yet profound questions:

Is this the legacy we want to leave our children?
Is this the world we want them to live in?
Don’t you know we’re all in this together?
Don’t you know we’re all in this forever?

IN HER OWN WORDS: 

“Legacy” came to me out of nowhere and everywhere at once. I woke up one morning—after another mass shooting—with the lyrics and melody in my head. I had just returned from two peaceful weeks in Haiti. Yes, it is possible to have a peaceful time in my country. I was in New York to sign copies of my new novel, "Mouths Don’t Speak," for a book club. My daughter was with me, enjoying the last few days of summer. The night before we were supposed to return to Baltimore, news broke about a white supremacy rally that turned deadly. A lethal mix of xenophobia, racism, and other –isms filled the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. And I was disgusted.

I thought about my thirteen-year-old daughter's future. I thought about children everywhere who have to grow up in this atmosphere. We "adults" might find this insane world to be wonderful, but our kids are scared. They deserve better. I had to say something, but to whom? I had to do something, but what? I called my friend, Chico Boyer, and told him I wanted to record "Legacy." The song would be my message.

When things are meant to be, they are. We recorded "Legacy" in a single day.

I couldn’t wait to get back to my classroom in Baltimore City. My students are immigrants from Vietnam, Ukraine, Tanzania, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Philippines, Pakistan, Nepal, Honduras, Guatemala, Greece, Ethiopia, Eritrea, El Salvador, Egypt, Dominican Republic, Colombia, China, Burundi, Bangladesh, Angola, and many other countries. They come to realize their American Dream. It is an honor to teach them. And learn from them.

I told myself the year would be the best yet. I would make a difference. I would pour every ounce of love into teaching my students. Things were going well. My daughter helped me create a welcoming classroom, where the students would feel at home. Sometimes, school is the home they have--literally. Many students are homeless. We were making progress. We were learning, and inching closer to the beautiful American Dream.

And then, one month later, the shooting in Las Vegas shook us to the core. Next came the bloodshed at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. It didn’t stop there. Innocent students lost their lives at the Parkland School in Florida; more bloodshed in Santa Fe, Texas, Annapolis, MD; Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Thousand Oaks. Two mass shootings in a single day in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio took 30 lives. Kids are scared. We owe it to them fix our mess. This must not be the new normal. Civilization is in trouble.

We have a saying in my country: Se ale nou prale. Se vini ti moun yo ap vini. The grownups are on their way out. The children are on their way in. That's a rough translation, but you get the point.

In “Legacy,” seven year-old Denzel Boyer’s angelic voice reminds us that kids are paying attention. "Is this the legacy we want to leave our children? Is this the kind of world we want them to live in? Don't you know we're all in this together? Don't you know we're all in this forever?" My daughter, Juliêtte, is featured on the track.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for getting “Legacy,” and for spreading the message far and wide. There was another mass shooting just last night. School will open soon. This year will be better. I will do everything I can to make a difference in the lives of my students. I will use the proceeds from "Legacy" to fund scholarships and bring the American Dream a little closer to reach. Now, more than ever, children need the reassurance that grownups are on their side.

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