BEFORE AND SINCE THE POINT COMFORT LANDING**
A Historical Discussion of Africans and African Americans in America
A popular misconception in much of the United States has been that the Civil War, or as it is often called in many of the states to our south, ‘the war of northern aggression’, was fought over the ability of a group of states to secede from the United States and build a separate confederacy. That misrepresentation began to unravel in the late 19th century because of the scholarship and courage of Dr. William Edward Burghart DuBois. His work, coupled with many other scholars, has given rise to the fundamental knowledge that the enslavement of kidnapped Africans in the South was the impetus for the War Between the States. We have developed a combination of presentations and discussions regarding the history of African Americans in the Western Hemisphere. In keeping with the initiative of Dr. Carter G. Woodson in creating Black History Week in 1926, and the official designation of February as Black History Month by President Gerald R. Ford in 1976, these presentations occurred on February 25th and 27th prefaced by the presentations and discussions led by Dr. Ronald Field with the assistance of Mr. Curtis Scott, the PBS film, “Slavery by Another Name” .
Discussion was thoughtful and well attended and we ask that you watch for future dates and continued sessions on Black History as we follow this journey into discovery of how to “Be the Church”, acknowledging our prejudices and heritage.
**Historical background: In late August 1619 the White Lion, a 160-ton English privateer ship, landed in Virginia at what was then known as Point Comfort. On board were more than 20 captives seized from the Kingdom of Ndongo in Angola and transported across the Atlantic. This dislocated, unwilling, violated group were the first enslaved Africans to set foot in English North America – ushering in the era of slavery in what would become the United States.
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