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“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule

The Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival was started in September of 1987 in Annapolis Maryland.

The ancestor of the author Alex Haley, Kunta Kinte , was born in in the village of Juffure in Gambia West Africa in 1750.

One day in 1767, when young Kunta left his village to search for wood to make a drum, he was captured, gagged and bound then put on a ship for the three month journey to America.


He was one of 98 slaves brought to Annapolis aboard the ship Lord Ligonier in 1767, sold to a Virginian slaveowner called Master Reynolds.


Women in work
2011 Gambia, taken by nd1mbee, flickr





We know that there are many such celebrations going on all over this country, but this is a celebration of a man that never forgot his heritage, regardless of how the slave masters tried to break him.  He was determined to be an African.

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