NAACP Historic Jamestown to Jamestown Trip Will Mark 400 Years of Africans in America

NAACP Historic Jamestown to Jamestown Trip will mark 400 years of Africans in America

2019 marks the 400th year enslaved Africans first touched the shores of what would become America. In a historic trip, the NAACP will travel to Ghana as part of the country’s Year of Return. The Jamestown to Jamestown event will allow members of the African-American community to honor both their African ancestors and the struggle for Black liberation in America with a groundbreaking trek from Jamestown, Va. to Jamestown Ghana in August.

“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 will kick-off Aug. 18 in Washington, D.C. Participants will travel 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. There will also be a special gathering at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which was designed by Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye. The trip to Ghana will include 7-10 days of rich cultural and spiritual experiences designed to connect our present to our African past. The NAACP’s Year of Return will empower and invigorate the continued struggle for full liberation and justice worldwide.

Trip events include:

  • Prayer vigil at Jamestown, Va. settlement

  • Direct Chartered Flight to Ghana from Washington, DC

  • Ancestral Healing Ceremony at Jamestown, Accra

  • DNA Reveal Ceremony

  • Cape Coast and Elmina Castle Visit

  • Assin Manso Last Bath Slave River

  • Akwasidae Festival @Manhyia Palace in Kumasi

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