In this blog, former HSC Ghana volunteer Christian Hayden shares his thoughts on the Year of Return.
The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major campaign inviting the worldwide African Diaspora to return to Ghana. The year chosen commemorates 400 years since the first enslaved African arrived in Jamestown, Virginia.
A few historians have challenged the significance of this date and the meaning assigned to it with deep and well thought-out arguments. I feel their positions and feel that anyone concerned about the 400-year commemoration should read these articles and be enlightened by the context they provide. Here, I would rather talk about what we might do with this globally-assigned date for folks of various identities connected to the African Diaspora, and see if we might allow ourselves to coalesce as one species— one race— to be guided by its lessons; to work together towards a future that seeks to unravel and heal the damage and destruction bestowed on African-descended bodies, as well as the collective moral and environmental health of the civilizations of this earth.(more…) By Christian Hayden, former HSC volunteer