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Press Release Announcement 2022 [Subject to Change -Ed.]

Posted by poeticadvisory on June 22, 2012 at 7:20 PM
       Montgomery will observe its  eleventh annual commemoration of the MAAFA on Saturday, July 9th 2022  time TBD at the Riverfront Park. The event is free and open to the public. Attire will be to dress comfortably in all white for this occasion. Participants will, through ceremonial libations, acknowledge and pay homage to enslaved Africans brought westward by way of the Transatlantic slave trade.
     The term MAAFA (pronounced MAH-AH-FA) is a Kiswahili word for “great calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy or terrible occurrence”. Numbers greater than 100 million enslaved Africans lost their lives during a period of history known as the Middle Passage and following the voyage from Africa to America millions were enslaved for over 400 years. The term was introduced into scholarship by Dr. Marimba Ani in her book “Let The Circle Be Unbroken” in her analysis of the Middle Passage. Other alternative terms used are African Holocaust, Holocaust of Enslavement or Black Holocaust. All of which collectively describe the history, effects, and legacy of various atrocities on enslaved African people. 
     The date of July 9, 1860 is significant in American and Alabama history because the last known U.S. slave ship Clotilde-a two masted schooner-had docked with a cargo of enslaved Africans from West Africa. It was in Mobile Bay where the vessel was later destroyed. Neighboring north of Mobile is a town called Africatown where those enslaved Africans were known to inhabit. One of the last known survivors of the Clotilde was Cudjo Kazoola Lewis. On the market is a book entitled “Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slaveship Clotilde and The Story of the Last Africans Brought to America” by Sylviane A. Diouf which gives an historical account of that period in time.
     The initial gathering will take place at the corner of Montgomery and Commerce Streets, downtown Montgomery. Then those assembled will take a leisurely pedestrian stroll towards the Riverfront Park area. All activities will take place in the park near the Alabama River. 
  
For addtional information please feel free to contact Theodore Lush  334 676 1957  [email protected]   or contact Michael Jackson  334 233 2391   [email protected]

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