Join renowned theological scholars and historians to discuss the religious context of Virginia in 1619, its impact on people of color, and the evolution of a religious and culturally diverse United States in the 21st century.
The events in Virginia from 1607-1619 inaugurated a shared history of 400 years, weaving together diverse peoples and cultures. These events also marked the beginning of a long history of invasion and exploitation and the loss of religious traditions for both Native Americans and Africans. This summit explores the African faith journey of over 400 years, beginning in 1619 when the first Africans were enslaved and forcibly migrated to the Virginia colony. The 2019 Commemoration is an occasion not only to appreciate the past, but also for reflection, repentance, reconciliation and healing.
On Wednesday evening, March 20, 2019, enjoy Reflections of the Past: Songs from the African American Journey, a music program featuring historian Wisteria Perry and the Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church Youth Choir.
All events are free and open to the public.
Hosted by the 2019 Commemoration, The Virginia Council of Churches, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.