Tuesday, December 27, 2005

"Ghana's Uneasy Embrace of Slavery's Diaspora"

From the NYTimes:

"CAPE COAST, Ghana - For centuries, Africans walked through the infamous "door of no return" at Cape Coast castle directly into slave ships, never to set foot in their homelands again. These days, the portal of this massive fort so central to one of history's greatest crimes has a new name, hung on a sign leading back in from the roaring Atlantic Ocean: "The door of return." [...] "Taking Israel as its model, Ghana hopes to persuade the descendants of enslaved Africans to think of Africa as their homeland - to visit, invest, send their children to be educated and even retire here.

"We want Africans everywhere, no matter where they live or how they got there, to see Ghana as their gateway home," J. Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, the tourism minister, said on a recent day. "We hope we can help bring the African family back together again." (more)


At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Jodi said...

Are you guys around? I sent you an email with my cell phone number. We're in town for the next few days and it would be great to get together if you guys have any time. Cheers!


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