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Arrival of first enslaved Africans in the English Colony of Virginia commemorated in Hampton, Virginia August 15, 16, and 20

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Hampton, VA- August 15th, 16th, and 20th, honor the First Africans who arrived in America on English occupied territory at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe) at the Fourth annual African Landing Day Commemoration, a program being presented by the City of Hampton, Project 1619 Inc., National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, and the Hampton 1619 Commission.

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This year's program will include a New World Film Program, featuring four short film documentaries about the African American Experience with a closing reception; an interactive panel discussion on the convergence and interaction of the first generation of Africans and the Native Americans in 1619 and Beyond featuring Dr. Colita Fairfax, Dr. Bill Wiggins, Angela Walton-Raji, and Aria Coleman; a Virginia Juneteenth Jazz & Heritage Reconciliation & Healing Concert featuring Reverend Ron Myers Sr. MD, Todd Ledbetter, Herman Burney, Jacques Lesure, Bob Ransom Jr., Junie McDonald, and the Queen Street Baptist Choir; and participation in the Fourth annual World Day of Reconciliation & Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement Prayer Service. In addition, there will be an African Landing Day Commemoration Program featuring a libation, drumming, and dancers.

The events will take place at The American Theatre and Fort Monroe. The cost for each activity varies from free to $20.00.

Fourth annual African Landing Day Commemoration 2014 Schedule

Friday, August 15
Enjoy four documentaries about the African American experience. This year's theme, "Home: It Takes a Village," will explore how community can positively impact the journey to self-awareness, as well as healing in Africa and America.

Take Your Bags (11 minutes)
A film short directed by Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Camille Billops.
When Africans were loaded on ships bound for North America they carried customs and memories from their home-land, but when they arrived their characterization became the N-word, beast, and slave.

Uncommon Heroes: Campaign for Female Education (9 minutes)
A film short produced by the Skoll Foundation.
Ann Cotton is a professional educator who was inspired by a trip to Zimbabwe to do something about the many girls kept out of school because of poverty and their inability to pay for education. In 1993, she started Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), using bake sale money she raised to pay for the education of 32 girls.

I am The Village (11 minutes)
Directed by Mr. James Braxton. This is the Virginia film premier.
This film explores how contact with many different people in a community helps to develop responsible children in today's complicated society.

The Language You Cry In (52 minutes)
Produced and Directed by Alvaro Toepke and Angel Serrano. Narrated by Vertamae Grosvenor.
This feature film focuses on African Americans who journey back to their tribe of origin in Africa. It is an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for, and finds, meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. The film bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles, from the Gullah people of present day Georgia to their roots in 18th century Sierre Leone.

7:00 p.m. documentaries; reception immediately following documentaries
$10 donation

The American Theatre
125 E. Mellen Street
Hampton, VA 23663

Saturday, August 16
Symposium
An interactive panel discussion on the convergence and interaction of the first generation of Africans and Native Americans in 1619 and beyond. Panelists include Dr. Colita Fairfax, Norfolk State University; Dr. Bill Wiggins, historian; Angela Walton-Raji, historian of Baltimore County, MD; and Arica Coleman, Historian from the University of Delaware.

Noon – 2:00 p.m.

The American Theatre
125 E. Mellen Street
Hampton, VA 23663

Free

Saturday, August 16
Virginia Juneteenth Jazz & Heritage Reconciliation & Healing Concert
Featuring Reverend Ron Myers Sr. MD, Todd Ledbetter, Herman Burney, Jacques Lesure, Bob Ransom Jr., Junie McDonald, and the Queen Street Baptist Choir.


7:00 p.m.

The American Theatre
125 E. Mellen Street
Hampton, VA 23663

$20 per person

Wednesday, August 20
Fourth annual World Day of Reconciliation & Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement Prayer Service
Noon

African Landing Day Commemoration Program
The program includes a libation, drumming, and dancers to honor the first Africans to arrive in English North America.
7:00 p.m.

Continental Park
Fort Monroe
Hampton, VA 23651

Free

For further information on the Fourth annual African Landing Day Commemoration, contact Calvin Pearson at 757/380-1319 or Reverend Ron Myers at 662/392-2016. Additional information can be found at www.project1619.org or www.juneteenthjazz.com.

Project 1619, Inc. is a national non-profit organization based in Hampton, Virginia dedicated to remembering and honoring the first Africans that arrived on English occupied territory in 1619, at what is now Old Point Comfort on Fort Monroe. In 2019, the City of Hampton and Project 1619 will commemorate the 400th anniversary of this arrival. The organization is in the process of raising funds, with the hope of building a national monument in time for the anniversary. For more info, visit www.project1619.org.

Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the 344,000 sq. ft. Hampton Roads Convention Center, is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Hampton is the site of America's first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater, Hampton Maritime Center, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, among others.
 
 

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