Cultural Healing-Part 1 Resilience

BONDFIRES

The Transatlantic slave trade is often referred to as the “Black Holocaust” or Maafa, a Swahili word meaning “great tragedy” but,  it is hard to fully grasp the magnitude of this tragedy with  words or to truly  understand the impact of trauma suffered by African-American people as a result of slavery in  America. While there are no hard numbers to account for slaves that didn’t survive the harsh conditions (of being, chained, packed and transported like cargo to American shores)  conservative estimates suggest more than 2 million African slaves died in transportation through the Middle Passage.  Another common belief is that more slaves died upon arrival to their new settlement in America.  The real death-toll  has been lost forever  for African-American people and…the world.

For 400 years, African people who managed to survive the Middle Passage, fell victim to chattel slavery, a form of slavery that gives ownership of…

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