VOA Hosts Special Town Hall, Africa to America: The Odyssey of Slavery
In August, Voice of America teamed up with Norfolk State University to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in North America with at a special town hall titled Africa to America: The Odyssey of Slavery.
The Fight to Preserve—and Teach—African-American History
Toward the end of August in 1619, a ship carrying “20 and odd” Africans arrived at Point Comfort in Virginia, the first permanent English colony in North America, and were sold to the settlement’s leaders.
Commemorating 400 years Of Black History In Hampton, Virginia
There was African drumming, gospel music, healing rituals, poetry, speeches—along with prayers and tears—as thousands gathered in Hampton, Virginia to commemorate 400 years since slavery began in English North America.
The preservation and valorization of heritage linked to the slave trade and slavery – which are finally recognized as crimes against humanity by the international Community – has become an important issue in countries and regions that were affected by this tragedy.
Monday’s New York Times article on President Obama’s roots in Southern slavery through his mother has reopened the contention that the first Africans brought to Virginia were indentured servants and not slaves.