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.

Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, The Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series

Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University, is the guest lecturer in this edition of The Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series at Marshall University.

Statement on Fort Monroe and Significance in America’s Arc

On November 1, 2011, President Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate Fort Monroe a national monument

Black cemeteries are crucially important — and all too often neglected

Imagine a cemetery where gravestones disappear under vines, weeds and debris; where crypts are cracked open and exposed to robbers and the elements.

The National Park Service 400 Years of African American History Commission

In August 1619, 20 enslaved Africans were brought to Point Comfort in the English colony of Virginia. Point Comfort is now part of Fort Monroe National Monument.

Artists and the Memory of Slavery

Generations of artists have, ever since the abolition of slavery, seized, revisited, rehabilitated, and transmitted these legacies to draw new horizons for intercultural relations.

The Slave Trade and Slavery

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.

WATCH ON C-SPAN3: 400th Anniversary of Forced African Migration

400th Anniversary of Forced African Migration In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the beginning of forced migration of Africans to North America, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History hosted a panel discussion on the theme “400 Years of Perseverance.” The group of scholars talked about the importance of slave […]

Obama Slave-Ancestry Report Misses Mark

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.

The National Park Service 400 Commemoration: First African Landing at Old Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619

This commemorative program and event booklet was created by Fort Monroe National Monument to honor the 400th Anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English North America.

Federal Legislation Establishing the 400 Years of African-American History Commission

Federal Legislation Established for the 400th was introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia.