Yeah that is a lot of organizations and coordination which is needed for a successful event of this magnitude. 2019 is a landmark year marking the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the United States in 1619 at Jamestown, Virginia. This horrific occurrence is widely recognized as the start of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade as it signaled the beginning of free labor to America from millions of captured Africans.
There has never been a full recovery from the psychological, economic, physical and spiritual damage inflicted upon those Africans and their generations of descendants. This event will allow participants to meet traditional rulers, visit historic attractions, network internationally and celebrate the resilience of the African spirit.
I have been warmly welcomed during my visits to Ghana. And one of the things I appreciated was the opportunity to shatter stereotypes and myths about the connections and love Africans have for African Americans. Of course we can find negativity anywhere but the vast majority of my encounters were warm and extremely positive.
Ghana has long been a destination for millions of African descendants tracking their identity and ancestry. In Accra, Ghana’s capital you will find the tombs of W..E.B. Du Bois the great author, sociologist civil rights activist and his wife, Shirley.
In 2013 the United Nations declared 2015–2024 the International Decade for People of African Descent to “promote respect, protection and fulfillment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent.” The theme for the ten-year celebration is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.”
The “Year of Return Ghana 2019” will conclude with the biennial Pan African Historical Theatre Festival (Panafest), which is held in Cape Coast, home of Cape Coast Castle and neighboring Elmina Castle – two notable edifices recognized by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as World Heritage Sites of the slave era.