By Danita Green
History commonly and most often points to late August in the year 1619 when some “20 and odd Negroes” originating from Angola arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what is now The United States of America. Fast forward to 2019 through the continued metamorphosis of the African American, we mark the 400th anniversary of their arrival as men and women still fighting for equal rights, justice and freedom.
The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” was a major landmark spiritual and birth-right journey inviting the Global African family, home and abroad, to mark this anniversary. As an official event of the Year of Return, Jamestown to Jamestown was a spiritual, historical and reconciliatory journey in commemoration of the 400 year anniversary. I was privileged to be a part of this once in a lifetime event
Our Richmond chapter of Coming to the Table hosted its first Reparations event at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture on May 15, 2019 from 6-7:30 pm, entitled Repairing What Is Broken: A Conversation on Reparations in RVA.
It featured guest speaker Ken Woodley, author of The Road to Healing: A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince Edward County, VA and was followed by a panel discussion on implementing strategies for Reparations in Richmond. This event was free to the public and engaged many city residence in a conversation on repairing broken systems in Richmond and healing the wounds of enslavement.