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Black History Month Celebration: 1619 Fest Orlando in Historic Hannibal Square!


Sunday, February 16th, 2020

Black History Month Celebration: 1619 Fest Orlando in Historic Hannibal Square!

For over 400 hundred years people of African descent in America have overcome countless destructive efforts against our people. Public memory has largely chosen to exclude people of African descent from America’s original narrative, and the celebration of 1619 is meant to remind everyone that people of African descent are here and we account for ourselves!

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from the H.R.1242 Bill, The 400 Years African American History Commission Act, and The New York Times Magazine that began in 2017 and commemorated on August 2019 to mark 400 years of African Americans in America. From the arrival of the first African captives to Jamestown, Virginia to the college campus, business, and boardrooms across America; we excel and revel in our freedom! We are here! Come celebrate the beginning of our written narrative in American history that took place on the shores of Jamestown, Virginia on August 19th, 1619 with a group of 20-30 enslaved people of African descent originally from the Kingdom of Ndongo in modern Angola. Our ancestors who against all odds survived the horrendous acts of slavery, prevail in preservation of spirit to live on through their DNA to start a nation. A nation of trailblazers who have changed and will continue to change America for the better!

On Sunday, February 16th, 2020 kick off the inaugural Black History Month Celebration in Shady Park in the Historic African-American Neighborhood of Hannibal Square which was founded in freedom in 1881; 262 years after the arrival of the first captives from Africa in Jamestown, Virgina. 1619 Fest! Orlando, will take place at 721 West New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with health and wellness activities beginning at 8 a.m. The Equity Council Corp., a West Winter Park nonprofit and community advocacy group, has secured the official rights from the 400 Years African American History Commission Act to pay tribute to the 400 year anniversary of the arrival of the first captives to Jamestown, Virginia in an ongoing effort to bring awareness to the miseducation of the American public regarding people of African descent in our in history in America. In honor of our written and historical legacy in American history; both known and unknown, they will have a day of meditation, praise, entertainment, and education about the history of 1619 and a reflective snap shot of our progress as people of African descent in America.

1619Fest Orlando is a FREE event. Movie tickets to the exclusive Orlando premiere of the riveting documentary: Death to the N-Word are $20.00 on sale with EventBrite. The link to purchase tickets is:

https://death-to-the-n-word.eventbrite.com

The movie begins at 12 p.m. and tickets will be sold until venue capacity. Following the movie audience members can meet the director Sadiq Al-Aleem and participate in an intimate panel discussion with the director and guest speaker Dr. Fon Gordon a professor of African Studies at the University of Central Florida.

For information about the festival schedule of events please see our link below for a list of ongoing festival activities. Vendors opportunity available. Please go to https://forms.gle/nvgmMJdvpySoYLkp7 for more information.

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