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As a continuation to the 400 Years African American History Commission’s mandate of recognizing and highlighting the resilience and contributions of African Americans since 1619, the Racial Justice Alliance presents the Fourth Annual Vermont First African Landing Day.

This year’s theme is  “We Come This Far By Faith” and reflects the role that faith has played in the lives American Descendants of Slavery in their journey from 1619 to present day.  From the middle passage, the auction block and toils of slavery to convict leasing, sharecropping, lynchings and the old Jim Crow a constant anthem has remained.  Through persecution and criminalization of a civil rights movement, a justice system that has never delivered equal protection under the law and the present day struggle of ongoing systemic racism American Descendants of Slavery have truly come this far by faith!

There will be traditional food, music, dancing, speakers, exhibits and more. Featured ministry will include an appearance from Reverend John P. Key and the New Life Community Choir (invited). The Keynote Speaker is  Dr. Emmett G. Price, Dean of Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music and Visiting Associate Professor of Music at Harvard University and author of HIP HOP Culture (invited).  Activities go from noon till 6:00 PM.   

The net proceeds from this event will be donated to the Richard Kemp Center.  The Richard Kemp Center expands programs and services that support Black Vermonters’ wellness, preserve their culture, support their youth and advance racial equity and justice. The day starts with coffee at 10:00 AM.

This day in late August of 1619 marks what is arguably the most important day in the history of this nation and indeed the world. The arrival of Africans on what was then so called English colonial soil introduced a people that would not only serve as the vanguard in the fight for human rights and justice but serve to shape the world as we know it. As 1619 begins to tell the true story of who Black people are as a people, so it informs us of who we are as a nation. So the tradition of commemorating the contribution and resilience of people of African descent continues in Vermont as does the hope and the promise of our future.


Vermont First African Landing Day
August 27, 2022

The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance is happy to have the opportunity to bring the 2022 Vermont First African Landing Day program, “’We’ve come this Far By Faith.” There has been nothing more vital to the persistence and tenacity of American Descendants of Slavery than their faith. Through trials and tribulations and unimaginable adversity embracing faith has often been the only way forward. Black folks have depended on the church as a place of refuge and a a headquarters from which a movement that would change a nation would operate. This year Vermont First African Landing Day highlights and celebrates our faith with the words that echo through the generations “We’ve Come this Far By Faith!

Order of Events coming soon

Highlights include:
Wellness Space
Youth Center of Excellence
Hampton History Museum 1619; Arrival of First Africans “ Traveling Exhibit

* Coffee starts at 11:00 AM
* Lunch starts at noon-ish
*1619; Arrival of First Africans is from 12:00 AM till 5:00 PM
* Rest and Recovery Area open all day
* Youth Area of Excellence open all day

* Program subject to change

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