Special to The Atlanta Inquirer by Willene White-Smith
What a beautiful time they had on Sunday, August 20th, as the J.K. Smith, Sr. Foundation presented: “Re-Tracing our Roots to Ghana,” this summer!
They fellowshipped in the spacious A.D. Powell Fellowship Hall of Allen Temple AME Church-Atlanta. Everyone had a wonderful time reconnecting with their Ghana Travel family, all in Afro-Centric attire. It was exciting to revisit the Tribal Village where each received his African name; ELMINA, the Slave Dungeon for “US” & castle to others Upstairs; Re-Visited the Slave River Site “Assin Manso,” as the group Walked in the River of the Ancestors; Re-Visited the Kente Cloth Village, Re-visited a Tour of Dr. W.E.B. Dubois Home; sites in DC and culminated the trip with Celebrating it’s awesome Ghana Trip Co-ordinator’s B’day, Bro. Derrick Boazman! Boazeman Took 90+ Proud Travelers to Our Historic “Mother-Land in Ghana, Africa & all Returned Safely to Chocolate City, USA.”
The travelers were also blessed to have Dr. Yaw Adoo, Morris Brown College Business Dept. with them. Chairman, whose home is Ghana. He and his Lovely Wife, Ms. Wendy, shared much knowledge about our African culture in Ghana and how many “DIFFERENT” languages they speak. Those gathered were also Blessed with the Melodious Voices of 2 of MBC Alumna Sisters: Sis. Riema L. Cummings, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and Sis. Kathye J. Gary rendered Negro Spirituals to include “I’ve Got a NEW Name.” Sister Willette White-Smith sang “Wade in the Water,” and her son, Julian, Jr., rendered the instrumental version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing!”
Pictured: Photo of Group from Morris Brown College who recently returned from a trip to Ghana, West Africa.