On August 20, 1619, a boatload of native Africans arrived on American soil. Many of their friends and family not with them, alone as they arrived in a foreign land. Their names, speech and religious preference became conditioned to the American standard.
Extorted out of their culture, robbed of their education and shackled to the American way of life, today we remember all of the sacrifices that were made, simply for our freedom. It is imperative that we celebrate those who gave their lives in hope of a brighter day.
398 years ago today, the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, VA. Today, we mourn their suffering, and that of all slaves.
— Rep. Terri A. Sewell (@RepTerriSewell) August 20, 2017
Three hundred and ninety-eight years ago we came here with nothing to call our own. To see the progress that we have made speaks to the resilience of the African-American people. However, we must not become complacent.
Approximately one week ago, a brief flash of that old hatefilled American reared its ugly head. The partiality and terroristic behaviors reminded many of the movement in which our predecessors had fought tirelessly to keep away from us. Based off of the events that transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia, our work is no where near complete. We must no longer turn our heads in ignorance or acceptance. It is our turn to resist this movement and condemn it to the pits of hell once and for all. For I agree with the sentiments of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” RISE UP AND RESIST!
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