Kansas City will play host to a delegation from Ghana on a pilgrimage to the site of the Quindaro Underground Railroad to apolgize for their involvement in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade but to also begin a new and long-lasting relationship.
A cultural assembly is set to take place in Kansas City on Sept. 28 and 29 with 100 delegates from Ghana gathering along with local and national leaders for an apology, conversation and healing. Kansas City residents are invited to join the two-day event.
On Wed., Sept 28. the delegation will gather for a special ceremonial event, apology and healing at the site of the Quindaro Ruins overlook from 9 – 11 a.m. The gathering will begin with a drumming processional from the John Brown Statue to the overlook where a planned, sacred but invigorating ceremony will be held.
“Across the world, our people were sold and suffered unmentionable horrors and today we gather to say, one to another… it is time to let the healing begin,” is the message from the Okobesee Foundation in Ghana.
The organization is seeking opportunities to reach out to “all our displaced brethren of the global Diaspora” to say, the sorrow will be remembered, but it must also be put in the past, “so that we may begin anew.”
After the ceremony, the delegation and invited guests will gather for lunch at the Bruce Watkins Center in Kansas City, MO.
Thursday’s free cultural and trade seminar is set to promote unity, help build a long-lasting fruitful exchange and foster ongoing trade, tourism and cultural enrichment. To receive a zoom invite/link to this virtual seminar email email@example.com.
For more than 150 years, Ghana was the center for the British slave trade. It is believed that more than 10 million people were sold, traded and transported in the transatlantic slave trade.
The two-day event is the vision of the United Nations Decade of People of African Descent and it’s s cohosted in Kansas City, by UNESCO City of Music in partnership with UNESCO Ghana. United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) uses education, science and culture to inform, inspire and engage people everywhere and to foster understanding and respect for each other and our planet.