On Sunday, August 25, we welcome Dr. Catherine Meeks, executive director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, to speak in Child Hall at 10:10 a.m.
Four hundred years ago, twenty Angolans from Southern Africa were sold into slavery in Virginia and a system of pain and suffering emanated from that fateful sale that gave birth to an amazing legacy of resilience. In many ways it is difficult to discern how such a legacy could have been forged by a people who were separated from everything that was known to them and who had their humanity challenged as the slaves were challenged by their circumstances. However, they forged that path and all of us, white, black, or brown, have access to the gift of that capacity to make a way out of no way and to find hope in the midst of hopelessness. The greatest evidence of that legacy can be found in the words of African American Spirituals with their expressions of struggle and triumph in spite of the sorrow that was endured. The forum will address this legacy of resilience and how it offers hope for us in the 21st Century and is offered as a part of the commemoration of the 400th year anniversary of this event.