Category Archives: African Diaspora

African Presence in Louisiana

This is the 6th of our Wednesday series that highlights historic Middle Passage/UNESCO Site of Memory markers that have been installed and those locations where a remembrance ceremony was held since MPCPMP incorporated 9 years ago. MPCMP is/was involved in … Continue reading

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African Presence in Georgia

This is the 5th of our Wednesday series that highlights historic Middle Passage/UNESCO Site of Memory markers that have been installed and those locations where a remembrance ceremony was held since MPCPMP incorporated 9 years ago. MPCMP is/was involved in … Continue reading

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African Presence in Florida

This is the 4th of our Wednesday series that highlights historic Middle Passage and/or UNESCO Site of Memory markers that have been installed and those locations where a remembrance ceremony was held since MPCPMP incorporated 9 years ago. MPCMP is/was … Continue reading

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African Presence in Washington, D.C.

This is the 3rd of our Wednesday series that highlights historic Middle Passage/UNESCO Site of Memory markers that have been installed and those locations where a remembrance ceremony was held since MPCPMP incorporated 9 years ago. MPCPMP is/was involved in … Continue reading

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African Presence in Connecticut

This is the 2nd of our Wednesday series that highlights historic Middle Passage/UNESCO Site of Memory markers that have been installed since MPCPMP incorporated 9 years ago. MPCMP is/was involved in the planning for the installation of most of these … Continue reading

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African Presence in Alabama

Every Wednesday, MPCPMP will highlight in alphabetical order the states where historic Middle Passage/UNESCO Site of Memory markers have been installed since we incorporated 9 years ago. MPCMP is/was involved in the planning for the installation of most of these … Continue reading

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Symbolic Images

Among people who are part of the Western Hemisphere’s African Diaspora there are certain images that trigger a gut response – the Door of No ┬áReturn is one. Viewing a framed image of the ocean, many of us require no … Continue reading

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Perpetuating Lies

In some fashion we all are guilty of perpetuating lies and rationalizing omissions. Sometimes following the politically correct advice of, “if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all,” and in polite company avoiding race, religion, and people’s … Continue reading

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Why the Middle Passage?

Many people have questioned the Middle Passage as the focal point of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP). Why choose this as a defining point of history related to Africans and their descendants? We are often asked … Continue reading

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Second Burial

Among several West African ethnic people, death does not immediately entitle a person the status of ancestor. Traditionally there is a space of time between physical burial, which is quick, and the ceremonial burial that requires an established ritual, after … Continue reading

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