American actor, Danny Glover is in Ghana as part of activities marking Ghana’s Year of Return initiative.
He arrived in the West African country early this week with officials of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first set of African slaves in the United States.
The team travelled from Jamestown, Virginia in the United States of America to Jamestown, Accra, Ghana as part of the initiative by the Ghanaian government.
‘Jamestown to Jamestown’ kicked off on August 18 in Washington, D.C. where participants travelled via bus to Jamestown, Virginia, for a prayer vigil and candle-lighting ceremony.
The ceremony marked the African “Maafa,” a term that describes the suffering embedded in the past four centuries related to enslavement.
They then travelled back to D.C. for a special gathering at the Sir David Adjaye-designed-National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“Jamestown to Jamestown represents one of the most powerful moments in the history of the Black Experience,” says NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “We are now able to actualize the healing and collective unity so many generations have worked to achieve in ways which bring power to our communities in America, Africa and throughout our Diaspora.”
Glover and the NAACP team are expected to spend ten days in Ghana, and will visit various tourist sites.