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!
The 4th Annual Vermont First African Landing Day will be on August 27, 2022, at Intervale Center, Burlington, Vermont. Vermont First African Landing Day was initiated by the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance and proclaimed by Governor Phil Scott on August 24th 2019. Watch this space for streaming information.
The purpose of this day is to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had [have] on the United States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States. . You can see the program agenda here.
This year’s theme is “We Come This Far By Faith” considers the role that faith has played in the lives American Descendants of Slavery in their journey from 1619 to present day. The Keynote Speaker, Bishop Royster serves as the Founder of the Society for Faith and Justice, an ecumenical religious order committed to a charism of social justice as a spiritual discipline and spiritual practice. Bishop is also the former Executive Director of the POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) and a former councilman-at-large for the Municipality of Norristown
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