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The African American Annual Day of Commemoration and Healing "Let’s talk, let’s drum, and let’s heal!" The inaugural, signature event of the 400 Years of African American History Commission, “LET’S TALK”: The International Day of Drumming and Healing, set for June 19, 2019, will engage the nation and the world.

6/19/2019
When: Friday, May 3, 2019

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“LET’S TALK”: The International Day of Drumming and Healing
(The African American Annual Day of Commemoration and Healing)

The inaugural, signature event of the 400 Years of African American History Commission, “LET’S TALK”: The International Day of Drumming and Healing, set for June 19, 2019, will engage the nation and the world. This twenty-four- hour nationwide “Day of Commemoration and Healing” will focus on healing and re-education among African Americans and beyond. It will mourn the trauma endured by African Americans over those four centuries occasioned by: The Transatlantic slave trade; forced family dissolution; centuries of degradation based on race (e.g., slavery, peonage, lynching, Jim Crow, and structural racism); myriad socioeconomic disparities; and, now, mass incarceration.


Drums, banned in 1740 in parts of America, will rule the day on June 19, 2019, as they once did during sacred, healing, and celebratory occasions in Africa. Drums represent connectivity, not just among African Americans, but among all peoples of the world. In this historic year, and on this sacred day of commemoration, June 19, 2019, let’s talk, let’s drum, and let’s heal!"