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Friday, July 1, 2011

2011 Maafa Commemoration of the slave trade is Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Isaiah Washington signs his memoir at 1 p.m. at Ashe Cultural Arts Center.
  • Isaiah Washington signs his memoir at 1 p.m. at Ashe Cultural Arts Center.

The Ashe Cultural Arts Center presents the 11th annual Maafa — also known as the holocaust of enslavement — on Saturday, July 2, with a full day of activities commemorating the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The day begins with a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Slave at 6:30 a.m. in Congo Square at Armstrong Park (835 N. Rampart St.) and includes music by Morikeba Kouyate, Titos Sompa, the Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians and others, followed by a procession to historical points of interest.

At noon, participants are invited to the Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 569-9070) for activities and a performance by Seguenon Kone and drummers from the Congo, Cuba, Brazil and Haiti.

Grey’s Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington, a human rights activist, will discuss and sign his memoir A Man from Another Land: How Finding My Roots Changed My Life at 1 p.m. at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center.

All those events are free and open to the public.

The day ends at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center with performances at by the Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Folklore Experimental Dance Ensemble, Cuban drummer Roman Diaz, Abraham Rodriguez Jr. and Francisco Mora. Admission is $10.

See the full schedule here.

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