20th Annual Remembrance Program Set for June 10 Honoring Those Who Perished In The Middle Passage

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, The Charleston Remembrance Committee in partnership with ASALH/Charleston Branch will host its 20th Annual International Day of Remembrance at Fort Moultrie, Sullivan’s Island, SC from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

The annual commemoration provides an opportunity for members of the African-descended community to remember the millions of Africans — men, women, and children, who were sold, kidnapped, shipped and who died along the route from Africa to the Americas.

By remembering, we honor and restore the humanity of the nameless faceless Ancestors, and disrupt the collective amnesia.   We also begin the process of healing from the fear, pain, guilt and shame of the experience that continues to traumatize the African descended community today, and we start the restoration of cultural identity, dignity and pride. We also honor and commemorate those who survived the transatlantic trafficking in African people, the Maafa, to draw upon their strength, courage and determination to overcome obstacles of enormous magnitude.

The commemoration program begins at 9:00am in the Fort Moultrie Auditorium with educational presentations by Professor Donald West (Trident Technical College) and Ramona LaRoche, PhD and National Park Service representative Michael Allen.

At 12:00 noon EST there is the Libation Ritual enacted simultaneously in various locations that include: Brooklyn, New York; Washington, DC; Charleston and Georgetown, South Carolina; Hampton and Fredericksburg, Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland; Newport, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts, New Orleans, Louisiana; York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, California; Montgomery, Alabama; Miami, Florida; Detroit, Michigan; and internationally in Benin, Cameroon, Cuba, Senegal, Nigeria, Panama, Barbados, Brazil, Jamaica and Ghana and Venezuela.

THIS PROGRAM IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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