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ROYALS BALL: Commemorating the 400 Years of African American Journey

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 7:00 PM


People without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots:  Marcus Garvey This year marks 400 years since the first documented arrival of Africans to the United States. In alignment with a national agenda to recognize the significance of this anniversary, Society for Africans in the Diaspora (SAiD) will be opening the first Pan-African Library while unveiling 400 years commemorative art exhibition on Thursday August 22nd, 2019. The theme for this year’s commemoration of the 400 Years of African-American History is “The Dream Revisited.” This event celebrates the 400th anniversary of several pivotal events that took place in 1619, which has had an enduring impact on America’s history. These important events set the nation on a course towards the ideals of democracy, diversity and opportunity. The Dream Revisited honors the countless contributions “African-Americans have made since 1619, despite the debilitating effects of slavery and racial discrimination. SAiD commemorative art exhibition will be unveiled at SAiD Pan-African Library during the month of August. Our literature exhibit at SAiD will feature Award winning and honor books spanning the last decades. The exhibit will also feature hallmark studies on books by, for, and about African-Americans. SAiD was established to address the lack of representation of African-American authors and illustrators previously absent from United States. The mission of the Dream Revisited is to recognize the artistic and narrative achievement and contributions of African-American authors and illustrators. African Americans in the United States don’t need a reminder of how important understanding our societal beginnings are to our modern-day accomplishments. While just a small part of a greater push to highlight some of the hidden figures from centuries past, SAiD is doing its part to initiate the conversation of tracing our past and linking it to the present by honoring immigrants who also contributed to the building of our country. SAiD seeks to educate Americans and the global community about the arrival of Africans in United States and tell the story of the resilience of the African Americans’ family, their contributions to America, and most of all African Americans’ perseverance over four centuries.  This year, SAiD is pushing forward the vision of an Africa that is strengthened and enriched by the continent’s most important commodity: its community.  We hope that you will accept our invitation and join us as an honoree. Your participation would mean a great deal to us, our partners and supporters, and would help make this event a tremendous success.  Thanking you in advance for moving this invitation forward. Warm regards, Sincerely, Debo Folorunsho /  Founder +  ED SAID | Society for Africans in the Diaspora Pan-African Library

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