Black History Month was celebrated to showcase the diversity of the African American experience. It highlighted the reality that although African Americans have a unique place in history, there is commonality between and among all persons residing in Ghana and that through recognition, acceptance and discourse, the lives of all are enhanced. This year’s celebration was spread throughout the month of February with educative and engaging activities to target generally the youth, elderly, college students, Americans, African-Americans, Ghanaians and everyone from all walks of life. Some of the BHM programs focused on intellectual issues whiles others spotlighted on the importance of creativity through arts and music.
The topic for the Youth Program’s discussion was “Building Bridges – Celebrating our Common History.” Students sat in groups to discuss how they perceived Americans and the role they play in Ghanaian and world politics. The discussion then segued into commentary on W.E.B Du Bois, Kwame Nkrumah and the true meaning and relevance of Pan Africanism. The program emphasized and illustrated the achievements of African Americans and people of the African Diaspora.
The official launch panel discussion served as the primary academic component of this year’s BHM events. Panelists included professors from the University of Ghana, Legon, scholars and lecturers from Webster University, Fulbright Scholars and numerous African American entrepreneurs who have settled in Ghana. Topics of discussion were;
Traditional African American Church Service was held at the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre. The service was led by Pastor Kearney an African American missionary in Ghana. TAACS was a program organised as one of the activities of the Black History Month. Black History Month was organized to showcase the diversity of the African American experience, thus some programs focused on intellectual or academic issues while others spotlighted the importance of creativity through the arts and music
The movie “The Queen of Katwe” was selected for this program because of the film’s uplifting message of hope and perseverance. AAAG believed this theme would resonate with young Ghanaian students, as the movie tells the true story of a young school-age girl from an impoverished background who, despite the odds, becomes a champion chess player in her native Uganda, travels internationally to compete in tournaments and ultimately lifts herself and her family from a life of poverty.This event was held at B.A.S.I.C.S. International, an NGO in Chorkor, Accra.
The movie “The Queen of Katwe” was selected again for this program. This event was held at Ako Adjei Park in Osu, Accra.
This event showcased the musical and spoken word talents of local and international artists and provided a venue to explore cultural connections. Highlights included poetry reading by Oswald Okaitei, 2016 Poet of the Year, and a vibrant performance by renowned poet and playwright, Professor Kofi Anyidoho. The Spoken Word Concert took place at the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre
The event was held at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons Hall. The concert was a collaborative effort between African American, Ghanaian musicians, featured choral ensembles by African Americans (including a Fulbright Scholar), orchestral ensemble by the esteemed Afro Maestros, performances by B.A.S.I.C.S. Children’s ensemble, and dance by Cynthia Strong and narration by local artists. AAAG’s long-standing member, Sherrie Thompson produced the event.