Honor the First Africans who arrived in English Occupied North America at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe) at the 11th annual African Landing Day Commemoration August 24-25.
Events start Friday at 7 p.m. at The American Theatre with the Screening of the movie “I Am Not Your Negro,” a 2016 American documentary film based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript. There is a charge.
On Saturday, free events will take place at Continental Park, Fort Monroe. At 11:30 a.m., experience the traditional African Naming Ceremony performed by an African spiritual leader based on the individual’s spirit and social consciousness of their ancestry.
At noon, the 8th annual Pilgrimage Prayer World Day of Reconciliation & Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement takes place.
It is followed at 12:30 by the Annual African Landing Day Commemoration includes Libation by Ogunjimi; African Dancers and Drummers; Ceremony to honor the arrival and legacy of the first Enslaved African’s brought to English Occupied North America in 1619.
From 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. various events continue.
On Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., at The American Theatre, the African American Heritage Jazz Concert takes place, featuring a tribute to Reverend Ron Myers Sr. MD, Founder of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. Jazz legends Todd Ledbetter and Herman Burney, Noble Jolley, Jr., with Elmer Smith, Junie McDonald, and vocalist Karla Crump will perform.
For further information, contact Calvin Pearson at 757/380-1319.
Purchase tickets at The American Theatre, Hampton Coliseum, or Ticketmaster.
The American Theatre
125 E. Mellen Street
Hampton, VA 23663
Continental Park, 4 Fenwick Rd
Hampton, VA 23651