Congressional Black Caucus Recognizes the 400th Anniversary of African Arrival in US

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Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S. September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) recently hosted its annual five-day legislative conference from September 11 to 15. The annual event showcased the organization’s political, social and cultural commitments. In addition to a plethora of activities and festivities, this year’s celebration has added significance because the CBC recognized the 400th anniversary of 20 captured Africans arriving in the English colony of Jamestown. This moment is commonly understood as the beginning of slavery in what would become the United States. 

The event took place on September 10 in Emancipation Hall, which is the main room of the US Capitol Building’s Visitor Center. The hall’s name commemorates the enslaved individuals who constructed the building. Dressed in colorful, African inspired outfits and led by African drummers,…

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