Fw: Middle Passage Monument Project
pmail at sprynet.com
Thu Dec 17 15:57:32 PST 1998
Friends, I had not heard of this project, but it sounds like a healing
venture. FYI - Happy Holidays - Pat
> > Subject: Middle Passage Monument Project
> > Here's some good information that we should pass on, especially given
> the number of people who are unfamiliar with the term 'Middle Passage'
> > its' associated meaning. Perhaps this can generate some awareness.
> > The symbolic water burial of the Middle Passage Monument provides an
> > opportunity for Black people to collectively begin healing from the
> > atrocities of slavery.
> > On July 3, 1999, during a ceremonial event at sea involving a host of
> > scholars, clergy, political leaders, spiritualists, entertainers,
> > citizens of the world, a monument honoring the millions of men,
> and children who lost their lives en route to and at the hands of slavery
> > between the 15th and 19th centuries will be lowered into the Atlantic
> > Ocean's Middle Passage, perhaps never to be seen again.
> > Six (6) replicas of the monument will be created for placement on
> in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, North America, and
> South America.
> > The Honorable Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
> > endorsed the project, describing it as an opportunity to "help
> the understanding of African cultures and the heritage of people of
> African descent."
> > Message From The Founder
> > The goal of the Homeward Bound Foundation is to see to it that every
> man, woman, and child in the Diaspora is aware of the Middle Passage
> Monument Project by January 1, 1999 so that serious efforts can be made
> to converge on New York City for the long-overdue tribute to our
> > Through the media, fliers, promotional T-shirts, posters, and the use
> of e-mail, we intend to inform our community. The most effective means of
> > spreading the word, however, is through word of mouth.
> > During the next four (4) months, please use every possible
> to spread the word. Inform your co-workers, your preachers, your
> neighbors. And because we want strong representation from around the
> please notify your contacts abroad, asking them to diligently spread the
> in their respective countries. Then in January, with an informed
> community, we will shift the strategy to physically getting people to New
> York-utilizing car pooling , buses, train, discounted plane fares, etc.
> > Because the ships depart Manhattan June 26, 1999 for the Monument
> Site, a series of great events will take place in New York City between
> 19 and 25, 1999, enabling everyone, even those of us who, for whatever
> reason, will not be able to board the ships, to play an integral role in
> once-in-a-lifetime salute to our great ancestors.
> > The famous March on Washington, the Million Man March, and the
> > Woman March have all set the stage for millions of Black people from
> around the world to come together in New York for the Middle Passage
> > On July 3, 1999, we will lower a monument and lift our spirit. May
> God bless us all as we embark on our most profound journey.
> > Wayne James
> > whj at cais.com
> > Middle Passage Monument Project
> > http://www.middlepassage.org
> > Circulated as a Public Service by BlackNews(tm)
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