400 Year Anniversary

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  1. Access to the Rafa Selase Collection Bight of Benin Video documentary
  2. CD Rafa Selase Collection Bight of Benin -"Sounds of freedom, strength and perseverance"
  3. T-Shirt 400 Years Stronger
  4. Physical Copy of Book with Audio Book - Black American Mans Journey of Faith To Africa:  Entering The Bight of Benin and Reconciling With a Past Not So Long Ago
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400 Year Anniversary of Negroes in America


The journey started with an estimated 350 Africans on the San Juan Bautista. This journey much like historians with integrity have stated was a journey of devastation, brutality, starvation, isolation, and ultimately death for those that did not make it or chose to jump off the boat in resistance and rebellion to being captured. On this trip, they encountered pirates who were able to capture some of the people of West Africa. 

When the San Juan Bautista docked near what is now Veracruz, Mexico, on Aug. 30, 1619, there were 147 Africans on board. Fifty had been taken by pirates aboard two ships, the White Lion and the Treasurer. it was said the captain's goal was to get basic necessities like food, water, and comfort for the slaves. Think about it, he viewed the people as a simple trading commodity, to be used for all manner of basic necessities. 

“Few ships, before or since, have unloaded a more momentous cargo,” historian and journalist Lerone Bennett wrote in his 1962 book, "Before the Mayflower: A History of the Negro in America." (The subtitle was changed in later editions to "The History of Black America.")

From there 20  Negroes would make it to Point Comfort in 1619, in the English settlement that would become Virginia.

H.R. 1242

400 Years of African American History Commission Act

This bill establishes the 400 Years of African-American History Commission to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619.

The commission must:

  • plan programs to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States;
  • encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, and economic organizations to organize and participate in anniversary activities;
  • assist states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration; 
  • coordinate for the public scholarly research on the arrival of Africans in the United States and their contributions to this country.


Sec. 5) The commission may provide: (1) grants to communities and nonprofit organizations for the development of programs; (2) grants to research and scholarly organizations to research, publish, or distribute information relating to the arrival of Africans in the United States; and (3) technical assistance to states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration.

  • (Sec. 7) The commission must prepare a strategic plan and submit a final report to Congress that contains a summary of its activities, an accounting of its received and expended funds, and its recommendations.
  • (Sec. 8) The commission shall terminate on July 1, 2020.
  • (Sec. 9) All expenditures of the commission shall be made solely from donated funds.


400 years of slavery

In summary, the United States of America as a country and corporation must acknowledge the true impact of slavery. Not only the horrible atrocities, actions, parties involved and history but the systemic pattern of racism that followed. I'm not a historian, I am an artist and athlete but I will try to summarize as best I can.

400 Year Anniversary Celebration List

Slavery comes to North America , 1619 

Why We Celebrate and Why We Are 400 Years Stronger

I celebrate because I now carry the baton of those that came before me. Those that overcame, fought, struggled, persevered. I am inspired as we all should be, let us do everything with excellence, choose to get up from every failure and run this race of life to win. 

  • Slavery comes to North America , 1619
  • Rise of America Begins as slavery goes into full-on industry 1700 - 
  • The rise of the cotton industry, 1793
  • Nat Turner’s Revolt, August 1831
  • Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad, 1831
  • Dred Scott case, March 6, 1857
  • Civil War and emancipation, 1861
  • BLACK CODES - Separate laws for so-called African Americans like you can’t be in a group of negroes
  • KKK Klu Klux Klan - Fought to disenfranchise blacks while also criminalizing them in any odd many they could create. They got wiser as even there own racial group had grown distasteful at there methods of control. Other white racist felt there blatant level of brutality and control made them all look bad and removed the level of moral superiority that they south. So they then chose to infiltrate high levels of government and local policing organizations. 
  • “Separate But Equal”, 1896
  • JIM CROW LAWS - most southern states had laws requiring separate schools for blacks and whites
  • Washington, Carver & Du Bois, 1900 - s the 19th century came to an end and segregation took ever–stronger hold in the South, many African Americans saw self–improvement, especially through education and personal outlook. Washington urged blacks to acquire the kind of industrial or vocational training (such as farming, mechanics and domestic service) that would give them the necessary skills to carve out a niche for themselves in the U.S. economy
  • NAACP founded, 1909
  • Margaret Sanger Eugenics - Planned and coordinated agenda to destroy Negroe communities through depopulation and mass media disinformation. 
  • Marcus Garvey and the UNIA, 1916 - Born in Jamaica, the black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey founded his Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) there in 1914; two years later, he brought it to the United States. Garvey appealed to the racial pride of African Americans, exalting blackness as strong and beautiful. As racial prejudice was so ingrained in white civilization, Garvey claimed, it was futile for blacks to appeal to whites’ sense of justice and democratic principles. Their only hope, according to him, was to flee America and return to Africa to build a country of their own.
  • Harlem Renaissance 1920
  • 1920 - 1950: Deep Racism still exists in the South result in hundreds of thousands of blacks moving west 
  • 1936 - Jesse Owens dominates Olympics. Turns out German actually respected and it was America that still hated the man that represented their country so well. 
  • African–Americans in WWII, 1941 - Only to come home and be treated horribly
  • Jackie Robinson, 1947 - Jackie was chosen to be the first but there were other greats before him like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, Buck Leonard, Turkey Stearnes, Ray Dandridge
  • Brown v. Board Of Education, May 17, 1954
  • Emmett Till, August 1955 - This was devastating to the Negreo community. A true example of American injustice and refusal to acknowledge a wrong. In 2017 the husband of the killer would come out and say that the boy did not do anything worth being murdered. 
  • Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, December 1955
  • Central High School integrated, September 1957
  • 1960 - Lyndon Johnson great society programs. He was quoted as saying “those black folk are getting to uppety” The Great Society programs or welfare is the crutch that still weighs some down in 2019. from
  • Birmingham church bombed, 1963
  • “I Have a Dream”, 1963
  • Freedom Summer and the “Mississippi Burning” murders, June 1964
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965, August 1965
  • MLK assassinated, April 4, 1968
  • Malcolm X shot to death, February 1965
  • Vietnam War - 1968 - 1970s - A formal draft that takes black men from their communities to goo a war without purpose and vision. The result many do not make home and others come back hooked on drugs. 
  • Los Angeles riots, 1992
  • Million Man March, 1995
  • 1996 - 2001 - Quiet time
  • 2001 - Systemic, economic and racism rises to a astronomical level. 


Is there a Biblical Prophetic Significance?

400 Years of Captivity Fulfilled

Deuteronomy 28:68 King James Version (KJV) says 

68 And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.

Many believe that no other group of people on earth parallel the historical biblical Hebrews than that of the so-called African American blacks. Taken from a place in west Africa called "negro-land." It is believed and documented that most African Americans do not have Hamitic origins but in fact Shemetic, which would make them Hebrew. 

Ham: The youngest son of Noah, born probably about 96 years before the Flood; and one of eight persons to live through the Flood. He became the progenitor of the dark races; not the Negroes, but the Egyptians, Ethiopians, Libyans, and Canaanites.” – Zondervan Bible Dictionary

Japheth is the origin of Europeans and Ham is the origin of Africans, which only leaves Shem as the origin of the Negroes the so-called African Americans. Could there be more to this celebration or time will tell? But there is a lot to celebrate! Enjoy the Rafa Selase Collection!