Essence Fest: Healing Walk for Our Ancestors

Are you attending Essence Festival this year? Join GirlTrek co-founders Vanessa and Morgan, as we support the 18th annual Maafa Commemoration. The Maafa Commemoration, invites local New Orleans residents and visitors to a healing ceremony and walk to honor our ancestors and reflect on the impacts of the Middle Passage and Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. (Please see note at the end about dress code).

The morning will include drummers and musicians leading a procession from Congo Square through historic Tremé, with a brief stop at St. Augustine Catholic Church, the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Slave. From there, the procession continues through the French Quarter, with pauses at Café Maspero and the Royal Orleans Hotel, where slave auctions regularly took place. Then in Woldenburg Park amid high spirits, drumming, dancing, singing and praying, ancestors will be honored by name-not just those affected by the Transatlantic Slave Trade, but also individuals who were victims of such events as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the levee breaches and senseless violence.

As is the tradition of the Maafa Commemoration, attendees usually wear white. We ask that Trekkers who will be walking with us also wear white. For more information on the walk, please visit -https://www.ashecac.org/the-maafa-commemoration/

July 07, 2018
7am - 10am

Where:

Congo Square - Louis Armstrong Park
701 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
United States
Google map and directions

Contact:

Vanessa Garrison 
vanessa@girltrek.org 
4042298936

*Please note that GirlTrek is not providing tickets or registration to Road to Selma Pop Up events. If registration and tickets are necessary you must do so separately at event website*

When:

July 07, 2018
7am - 10am

Where:

Congo Square - Louis Armstrong Park
701 N Rampart St
New Orleans , LA 70116
United States
Google map and directions

Creator:

Sandria Washington

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