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Self Determination (Emancipation Day)

Location: Richmond
April 3, 2015
1500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 783-7450

Dance, music, film, rituals and declarations of liberation. Standing on the shoulders of our African Ancestors, we are speaking our truth. This is an honest acknowledgement of the history that affects us all. Africans enslaved in America had names. They had spirit, they had intellect, they had dignity. We are because they were. We come from cultured and technical societies. They envisioned a future, and we are here. They resisted enslavement and fought for freedom from the beginning. They are empowering this moment. Today opens the way to tomorrow. Together we are elevating in Self Determination. (Afrikan Arkestra, Afrikana Film Festival, The Beloved Unseen for #untoldrva, The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, Drums No Guns, and Elegba Folklore Society) For complete schedule of programs, visit or

Hours: 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM

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