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~ Chadra Pittman, Founder & Executive Director

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

3rd Annual International Day of REMEMBRANCE- June 14, 2014 Buckroe Beach in Hampton, Virginia

On Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 11am -2pm, The Sankofa Projects presents our 3rd Annual International Day of Remembrance at Buckroe Beach in Hampton, Virginia. Remembrance is a 24 year tradition which honors the millions of African men, women and children who perished during the Middle Passage of the Transatlantic Enslavement Trade which acknowledges this often untold chapter in American and global history. Our community gathers at the beach to honor the millions of African ancestors who perished during the Middle Passage of the Transatlantic Enslavement Trade. Featured on the program will be the children of Ubuntu Dance Collective, under the Artistic direction of Founder Sunshine Allison, Poets and Acapella ensemble Musical Mosaic of the Hampton Performing Arts under the Artistic direction of Marie St. Clair, Synnika Lofton, and Crystal Sessoms will perform poetry and theatrical pieces, Traditional African Drumming orchestrated by Baba Anpu Sil of the Akebuland Ensemble will lead the drum call and Beauty for Ashes under the Artistic direction of Founder David Riddick will perform. Representatives from The Tucker family, Legacy of the Weyanoke, First Nations Representation will be present and Coyoba African Dance, a contemporary West African Dance company under the Artistic direction of Founder Sylvia Soumah will perform to honor the ancestors. "Through Remembrance, The Sankofa Projects has aligned our city of Hampton with a larger International movement as ceremonies are held from Charleston, South Carolina to Ghana, West Africa. At 12:00 noon, an International Libation will be orchestrated by Baba Orimalade Ogunjimi of Ile Nago, which will occur simultaneously across the United States and internationally. Our Featured Guest Speaker is Wyoma of Wyoma African Healing Dance and Holistic Therapy of Boston, Massachusetts who will share her 35 years experience of healing through dance with us. Wyoma has traveled and taught extensively throughout Africa and offers classes, workshops, and trainings in this holistic integrated model of movement and healing.  For the second year in a row, our partners are the Hampton History Museum and Hampton Parks and Recreation. We appreciate their support of this historic event. After Remembrance concludes, we encourage all to attend the 2nd Saturday Arts Walk for Downtown Hampton and Phoebus The Hampton History Museum will give FREE admission to attendees of Remembrance to see the Contraband exhibit. Show your wristband which you will receive at Buckroe Beach and admission is FREE for the day at the Museum. Downtown Hampton's Development Partnership is hosting it's 2nd Saturday Arts Walk for Downtown Hampton and Phoebus and is honoring Remembrance for the month of their June Arts Walk to enjoy the music, art and food of beautiful Downtown Hampton and Phoebus. We look forward to seeing you at Buckroe Beach! Please call 757-816-1579 for more information or email chadrapw@gmail.com