Thursday, February 6, 2014

HU Faculty Creates Video of the Middle Passage Ceremony

HU Faculty Creates Video of the Middle Passage Ceremony

Middle Passage Ceremony at Yorktown, Va.
HU faculty created the video featuring last year’s Middle Passage Ceremony at the beachfront of Yorktown, Va.

The ancestral remembrance ceremony commemorated the nearly 2 million Africans who perished in the  Middle Passage of the transatlantic human trade.

The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project sponsors remembrance ceremonies at each of the Middle Passage ports in over fifty nation around the world.

HU faculty who contributed to the video included professors from the Howard Scripps School of Journalism and Communications – William Chris Leonard, Wayne Dawkins, Reggie Mitchell, and Earl Caldwell.

Other attendees were Dr. Robert Watson, HU professor of African American History, Cheryl Martin, HU Grants and Contracts Manager, and Nashid Maydun, HU Museum Director.

Leonard and Dawkins, both invited committee members of the event, played a big role in helping inaugurate guests from all across the nation.

“The day of the event was quite spiritual," said Leonard,"which only added to the importance and significance of the endeavor."

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