Virginia Key Celebration: 400 years of African People in the Americas

On August 18, 2019, the South Dade NAACP will hold a short ceremony at Virginia Key Beach in Key Biscayne (Miami-Dade County) to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the presence of African peoples in the territory that is now the United States.

In 1619 — 400 years ago — the first Africans were stolen and brought to the area that is now Jamestown, Virginia.  On August 18th, the national NAACP will host a prayer vigil and candle lighting ceremony in Jamestown, Virginia, to honor their memory, as the first step in its “Year of Return” visit to Ghana, which will begin in Jamestown, Accra, Ghana.  We will celebrate the presence of African-Americans in the United States and the present and past links between Ghana and the United States.

We’re so pleased that the United Ghanaians Association of South Florida will join us in this commemoration, and we welcome and appreciate their participation.  Find UGASF on Facebook at @GhanaSouthFlorida.

Even though we all decry the reasons Africans were originally brought to the Americas, and the way they were and African-Americans continue to be treated at times, we can celebrate our lives and successes and contributions to the cultural, academic, and political lives of our communities and countries.