Webster University Ghana kicked off Black History Month with a panel discussion on “Black Migration – Exploring our Roots and Beyond” focusing on the African Diaspora returning to Ghana. Christa Sanders, Campus Director of Webster Ghana, moderated the discussion at the W.E.B. Dubois Center, resting place of the great scholar and activist, W.E.B. Du Bois.
The event was organized by the African American Association of Ghana (AAAG) and the US Embassy to spotlight the unique connection between African Americans, the Diaspora, and Ghanaians by creating platforms for discussion, learning, and cross-cultural collaboration.
As 2019 marks the 400th year since the first documented arrival of enslaved Africans to the shores of America, the “Year of Return” is being highlighted as both a reflection of the past and anticipation of the future.
The Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana, leads the “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” steering committee, which is coordinated by The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the Auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Pan African Festival (PANAFEST) Foundation, Cultural Heritage African Tours, and The Adinkra Group.
Given Ghana’s longstanding reciprocal relationship with African-Americans and the African Diaspora under the banner of Pan- Africanism dating back to Ghana’s independence in 1957, this partnership is both timely and inspirational.
Webster University Ghana has planned related events that will not only promote awareness of Black History Month but The Year of Return.