PPGJLI marks 400th anniversary of slave arrivals in the U.S. with Ghanaian trip

Dr. Artika Tyner

Dr. Artika Tyner, founder and executive director of Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute (PPGJLI), will be hosting a trip to Ghana in 2019 as part of what the Republic of Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo has declared “The Year of the Return.”

It marks the 400th anniversary of when the first enslaved Africans arrived in the United States in 1619.

“Visiting Ghana is an important bridge between the past, present and future,” said Tyner. “You can visit the slave castles in Elmina and Cape Coast, Dr. W.E.B. Dubois Center, and the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum. Each visit will provide renewed hope and restore unwavering perseverance for African-Americans. This trip will be a unique Sankofa experience of returning home and reclaiming our rich cultural heritage. This is a gift to humanity.”

Registration is being accepted for those that want to participate in the The Year of the Return that will take place June 28 – July 8. During the nine-day experience, individuals will learn about the cultural heritage of Ghana and history of the transatlantic slave trade.

Participants will visit the cities of Accra, Cape Coast and Senchi. Travelers will be able to spend an afternoon at the Cape Coast Castle and learn about slavery from Ebenezer Ayesu, professor, researcher and lecturer at the University of Ghana, take a canopy walk at Kakum National Park, one of only three such features in Africa, connecting seven tree tops and access to the forest; tour Cape Coast, the first capital of Ghana; relax on the beach and learn to cook the famous jollof rice, a delicacy that continues to fuel the Jollof Rice War.

Launched in 2015 by Tyner, the PPGJLI provides a platform for the initiation of social change, cultivation of collective leadership, and promotion of public policy advocacy. The organization’s goal is to challenge 10,000 leaders worldwide to make a difference in their communities.

To learn more about the upcoming trip, go to www.artikatyner.com/ghana.

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