Remembrance is a spiritual ceremony honoring the millions of African men, women, and children who perished during the Middle Passage of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which is referred to as “the largest forced migration in history and undeniably one of the most inhumane,” according to the United Nations. Following in the tradition initiated by activist and scholar Toni Cade Bambara in 1989, Chadra Pittman, Founder & Executive Director of The Sankofa Projects, brought Remembrance to Hampton in 2012, in an effort to give voice to this untold chapter in the annals of slavery. The event includes traditional African song and dance, an ancestral drum call, educational presentations, tributes to Native Americans/First Nations People, Bay Shore Beach, and the Freedom Fighters who lost their lives in pursuit of justice, and more.
Remembrance is free and open to the public; however, we ask that all respect the sanctity of the sacred ceremony. You may register at email@example.com. Traditional African attire and/or white clothing is encouraged. Please bring beach chairs and fresh flowers for the Ancestral offering.