Kuwa Gatanu, 09 August 2019 15:16

FIBC HOSTS COMMUNITY EVENT COMMEMORATING THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF ENSLAVED AFRICANS BROUGHT TO NORTH AMERICA

According to the Press Release Signed by Tracy Nicolle Lewis Director of Communications, Marketing and Media, First Institutional Baptist Church, Phoenix Arizona, FIBC will host this event on August 20, 2019, following is the Release

FIBC HOSTS COMMUNITY EVENT COMMEMORATING THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF ENSLAVED AFRICANS BROUGHT TO NORTH AMERICA

400 Years Forward Organizers Seek To Move The Conversation Beyond Enslavement

PHOENIX, ARIZONA August 1, 2019 - First Institutional Baptist Church in partnership with various community organizations will host Arizona's Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Enslaved Africans Brought to North America at a Festival Event on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. This event will bring together Africans, African Americans and others from across the state to remember, reflect, respond and recover from the inhumane systemic racism that spanned from Africa to North America, while bridging the African Diaspora, moving into the next century with determination and deliverance. "This historic U.S. commemoration affords an important opportunity for Americans, Africans and Americans of African descent to realize and celebrate cultural and communal resilience," said Dr. Neal A. Lester, Founding Director of ASU Project Humanities and Commemoration Steering Committee Member. "It also speaks to the inextricable connections between the past and the present histories. To better understand our interconnected identities and shared experience is to create hope for a future where every lifted voice sings of unity, justice and liberation." A festival beginning at 5:30 p.m. will include food and information vendors, followed by a program at 6:30 p.m. that will include music, spoken word, historical imagery, a panel discussion and more. This event is free and open to all, and cultural attire is welcome. This festival and program comes at a time when our political divided nation should come together to commemorate and work in unity to move forward, ensuring that the mistakes of the past are not systematically repeated. Author and Commemoration Steering Committee Member, Anita Mamy, says this is one event that must be held because of what it represents. "One of the best and most important ways to embrace the future and possible enact change is to remember the past, the good and the bad. I and many Africans stand in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters as they reflect on the trans-Atlantic slave trade as our destiny is forever enjoined." While hosted at FIBC, this event is in partnership with many community organizations, including but not limited to, the African-American Christian Clergy Coalition, Arizona OIC, ASU Project Humanities, the Arizona Informant, the Arizona Commission on African-American Affairs, the N.A.A.C.P., Phoenix College, the International Ministerial Council of Arizona, the Greater Phoenix Urban League, African Association of Arizona, Liberian Association of Arizona as well as a host of individual sponsors and contributors, something Steering Committee Member Zoe Sarabo says sends a strong message. "Arizona has a small African-American population and an even smaller African population, both of who don't have a sufficient understanding of each other's story and culture. This event will serve as a rung on the ladder toward bettering relations between both groups." Festival and program organizers will be available for comment. For media inquiries, please contact Tracy Lewis, Director of Communications, Marketing and Media at First Institutional Baptist Church at (602) 258-1998, extension 2208 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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