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"In the spirit of SANKOFA...Reach Back and Fetch your history & your culture so that you will take purposeful steps into the future."
~ Chadra Pittman Walke, Founder & Executive Director
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Today marks one week since we met at Buckroe Beach, were lead around the "Tree of Remembrance" by Priest Ogunjimi, paid tribute to the ancestors who perished in the watery grave of the Atlantic Ocean through dance, dramatic readings, poetry, prayers on flowers, moments of silence and tears shed.
Thank you for coming out to participate in this Inaugural Remembrance Ceremony and for being a part of making history. We, in Hampton, Virginia, along with others in New York, South Carolina, Washington, Panama, Ghana and the Virgin Islands came together and poured libations on June 9, 2012 to honor the lives lost during the Middle Passage of the Transatlantic Enslavement Trade. As the Sankofa proverb teaches us, which is translated as "reach back and fetch it," let us continue to fetch our history and our culture taking purposeful steps forward towards a dynamic future. Thank you for being a part of this movement! It was a beautiful day and I surely hope the ancestors were pleased.
Whether you were a part of the scheduled program, stood up to share your feelings, poetry, shared information about an organization you are affiliated with, sent gifts by mail or you sat quietly in the midst- sincerest thanks to you !!!
In our sacred circle at the Remembrance ceremony were: concerned, sentient beings, family and dear friends, passersby, Presidents /members of ASALH, Project 1619, Reggae Virginia, the Mayor's office, Rising the Vibration, Visionaries Photography, Poetics, Dance with Sunshine, COLLAGE, Ile Nago, the Middle Passage Project at the College of William and Mary, Akeru Ministries, United Souls Band, Sassy Ears, The Reiki Healing Arts, Heliopolis RPM, Fit to be Goddess, OISI and Lover of Life. So grateful for all of you!!
This blog is to capture the thoughts, sentiments, writings...and the links for our kindred organziations. If you do not see your link here and would like it posted, please comment and share your link. Thank you.
The Facebook page is the place to capture the pictures and the calendar of events so that we can connect with cultural/educational/historical happenings in the Hampton Roads community. The link for "The Sankofa Project" Facebook page is to the right of this page under Let's Support these Sites. Let's stay connected!!
Looking forward to seeing you next year at our 2nd Annual Remembrance Ceremony. We'll meet under the tree! Ashe!