At the 50th NAACP Image Awards, the NAACP announced its historic “Jamestown to Jamestown” event partnership with Ghana, marking the 400th year enslaved Africans first touched the shores of what would become the United States of America.
According to goodblacknews.org and Rejoice! Musical Soul Food, an official event of Ghana’s “Year of Return,” Jamestown to Jamestown will allow for NAACP leadership, NAACP members, and members of the African American community to honor both ancestors and the struggle for Black liberation in a groundbreaking trek from Jamestown, VA to Jamestown in Accra, Ghana in August 2019.
“Jamestown to Jamestown represents one of the most powerful moments in the history of the Black Experience,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “We are now able to actualize the healing and collective unity so many generations have worked to achieve in ways which bring power to our communities in America, Africa and throughout our Diaspora.”
The Jamestown to Jamestown events kickoff August 18th in Washington D.C., where participants will travel via bus to Jamestown, VA for a prayer vigil and candle-lighting ceremony marking the African “Maafa,” a term describing the horrific suffering embedded in the past four centuries related to the enslavement process.
Participants will then travel back to DC for a gathering at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (which was designed by Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye) prior to departing to Ghana on a direct flight for 7 to 10 days of cultural, spiritual, and cathartic experiences designed to connect the present to the African past.
Some trip events include:
• Prayer Vigil at Jamestown, VA Settlement
• Direct Chartered Flight to Ghana from Washington, DC
• Ancestral Healing Ceremony at Jamestown, Accra
• Business, Investment & Development Summit
• Black Tie Gala
• AfricanAncestry.com DNA Reveal Ceremony
• Cape Coast and Elmina Castle Visit
• Assin Manso Last Bath Slave River
• Akwasidae Festival @ Manhyia Palace in Kumasi
To learn more about Jamestown to Jamestown, visit: jamestown2jamestown.com
To learn more about The Year of Return, visit: http://www.yearofreturn.com
Jamestown to Jamestown Partners:
South African Airways
Ministry of Tourism Arts & Culture
Ghana Tourism Authority
Diaspora Affairs, Office of The President – Ghana
The Adinkra Group