Wreath laying ceremonies to mark this year’s Emancipation Day have taken place in Accra. The ceremonies were held at the W. E. B. Du Bois Centre, George Padmore Library, and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park which are all monuments dedicated to the memory of the three great Pan-Africanists.
The events brought together members of the Diaspora, government officials, traditional authorities and the Media.
Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi said that Emancipation Day has not only become an institution throughout the African world but more importantly, a very useful tool for the mobilization of African people to bring finality to the African struggle.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, Emancipation Day Celebration provides us the platform to reflect on the heroism and courage of our ancestors, as well as the legacy they have bequeathed us. Our ancestors refused to accept the mental chains which the slave-masters imposed on them.
They rejected the view that, they were less human beings than their masters and that they were destined to be slaves. We must draw on the rich reservoir of our history to drive our actions today,” she said.
Re-echoing the Minister’s remarks was CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwasi Agyeman who stressed the importance of this year’s celebration in the midst of the global Coronavirus pandemic. He said just as the forebears of Black Emancipation did not give up on the struggle against oppressive rule and Colonialism, Emancipation had to happen regardless of how difficult it seemed.
Executive Director of the Panafest Foundation, Rabbi Halevi Kohain also added that “we should never underestimate the power of rituals because it gives strength to strength for the struggle to continue. Anytime we celebrate a piece of African history, we celebrate it for Africans all over the world. Let’s continue to celebrate African resilience.”
Board Chairperson of the Panafest Foundation Prof. Esi Sutherland Addy also said the struggle for absolute emancipation of Black people remains as relevant today as it was then, as Blacks abroad continue to suffer racial injustices and atrocities. For her, groups such as the Black Lives Matter movement are very important in this modern struggle.
Source: BusinessZone Online