Day 14


Why hasn’t someone made this into a movie!?

Angola is the huge country below the equator on the west coast of Africa. That’s where it all started. ...ground zero for the transatlantic slave trade. White missionaries, greed, exploitative trade, tech advances that made exploration by sea possible, a massive need for labor and yes, tribal wars. It was the perfect storm for the greatest crime in human history, the capture, sale, and violent exportation of our ancestors.

Yes, and we know that the first enslaved Africans arrived in America 400 years ago, in 1619. The next part is not as well known.

20 or so Africans were the first to walk on American soil. They were survivors. They survived wars on the continent. They survived a 70-mile walk down the Kwanza River. They survived the humiliation of baptism and branding by Catholic traders of enslaved people. They survived the dungeons, the canoe ride to the ships, the months at sea, the sickness, filth, violence, and murder. They survived the day that their Portuguese ship was jacked by British pirates in little-ass boats. They sailed to America and were sold on the shores of Hampton, Virginia.

They survived.

And one of those survivors was a woman named Angela.

They were the first.

Day 14: We are the #DaughtersOf Angela X

In Virginia, Angela X lived with Captain Whoever and his wife and two other indentured servants from England. Slavery wasn’t legally codified yet. We know this because, in 2017, something amazing happened.  Buried beneath her home in Jamestown, archeologists found four cowrie shells.  Evidence of her journey  -  the most exciting archeological find in decades – or ever – if you ask us.
Today, we honor Angela and every African woman whose names we will never know.
Join us in a conversation about survival and the systematic destruction of Black women that began on the coast of Africa and was fortified through The Virginia Code just 50 years after Angela arrived.  American fear was codified into racism with the 1705 Slave Codes.  Today, we fight in the streets to reverse, dismantle, and defund centuries of white supremacy.

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- Why is the life expectancy of Black women 10 years shorter than Asian women?

- Have you ever heard of Bacon’s Rebellion? This is “Fight the Power 101.”

- There are calls to defund the police. What does that really mean? Are there other American institutions we should divest from?

- Is your life right now the answer to Angela’s hopes and dreams? How are you living? You thriving? Or just surviving?

- Should we all just move back to Africa? (Or nah, we built this!?)


Photo: Unnamed woman from Muchimba Tribe in Angola by Johan Gerrits 


- MUSIC: Daughters of Angela X, A Spotify Playlist for Your Walk. 

- RESOURCES: The 1619 Project is a body of brilliant research conducted last year.  Also, check out PBS's Africa's Great Civilizations with Henry Louis Gates.  Episode 5 is about Angola.

- TRAVEL: GirlTrek leads "Diaspora Treks" across the African diaspora with an amazing Black mother-daughter-led tour company called Africa with Us.  We canceled all trips this year to keep folks safe, but I promise you, you'll want to book for 2021 or email AWU to get on the listserve.

- DNA:  Go ahead get your papers!  GirlTrek's co-founders both used African Ancestry DNA tests to learn our tribes and culture.  It's the largest database in the industry for us, by us.

- ACTION:  Keinika from our team was like, "Who's calling out Black for Juneteenth!?"  Um.  Everybody!  Join this collective action.  Your assignment is to practice radical acts of joy and freedom all weekend long!  If you can take the day off work, do it!  Our national office will be closed for all things BBQ, double-dutch, and Frankie, Beverly and Maze.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Coronavirus is still killing Black people disproportionately.  Please do not gather or walk in groups until we flatten the curve in our communities. Do not trust policy over the protection of Black lives. To support mental health, we invite you to walk virtually with us each day.  This is a solo training mission to build your own discipline, fortitude, and physical strength for the days ahead.  Please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands when you return home.


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