Ashé Cultural Arts Center's Maafa Commemoration in New Orleans
Ashé Cultural Arts Center's Maafa Commemoration in New Orleans


June-July 31, 2016 - 10:00 AM-5:30 PM daily (except during scheduled events)
Photo Exhibition - "MAAFA: The Past We Inherit; the Future We Create"
Featuring the work of creative photographers Gason Ayisyin and Peter Nakhid  (photo above).
The exhibition covers images from past Maafa commemorations, focusing on not only the sacred ceremony and procession, but on the emotional faces of participants who were in attendance at the events.
Ashé I - 1712 & Ashe Too - 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA
Free and open to the public.
June 25, 2016 -
Meet at Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 8:00 AM sharp!
Tour of The Whitney Plantation in Wallace, LA
5099 Hwy. 18; Wallace, LA 70049
(225) 265-3300
The only plantation museum in Louisiana dedicated to understanding the facts of slavery.  Experience the world of an antebellum sugar plantation through the testimonies of the slaves who built and worked this property.
Departing from Ashé I, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA
Car poolers and riders are invited to meet at Ashé and caravan to Whitney.
General Admission - $22.00
Children ages 6-12 - $10.00
Discount Admission - $15.00 for  Seniors, Students, Active Duty Military Personnel, Residents of St. John and St. James Parishes.
Children under 6 are free.
Group Rate for this Tour:  $15 per person if group is 10 or more individuals.
There are no self guided tours at The Whitney Plantation.Tours are given every hour between 10:00am and 3:00pm
RSVP:  (504) 569-9070 or (504) 813-9008 if you're going.
July 1, 2016 - 6:00-8:00 PM
Dr. Sonia Sanchez
National Park Service Centennial Event presents
DR. SONIA SANCHEZ, National Park Service Centennial Poet Laureate
On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100!  The Centennial will celebrate the achievements of the past 100 years, but it is really about the future. It's about kicking off a second century of stewardship for America's national parks and for communities across the nation. The National Park Service and National Park Foundation are working closely with partners and
stakeholders across the country to ensure that the Centennial is more than a birthday.  This is but one of the many activities going on around the country.
Performances by headliners Dr. Sonia Sanchez and the  Nicholas Payton Trio.
Other well-known poets gracing the stage are  Katalyst Alcindor , Jarvis DeBerry , Kelly Harris-DeBerry , Asali DeVan-Ecclesiastes , Sunni Patterson , and Sha'Condria
 "ICON" Sibley.   The emcee for the evening is Frederick "Hollywood" Delahoussaye.
Hosted by:  Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park & Ashé Cultural Arts Center.
Ashé Power House - 1731 Baronne St., NOLA
Free and open to the public.
July 2, 2016 - 7:00 AM at Congo Square, 701 N. Rampart St., NOLA
Maafa Commemoration & Procession Ending at the Mississippi River
Maafa is a Kiswahili word that means "great tragedy" or "horrific tragedy," referring to the period called the Middle Passage or Transatlantic Slave Trade.  This commemoration honors our ancestors, known and unknown in a sacred ceremony in Congo Square.  Afterwards, attendees participate in a narrated procession visiting places of significance during the slave trade.  The procession ends at the Mississippi river.  Drummers, you are invited to bring a drum and join in.
Featuring Maafa's Grande Griot Dr. Sonia Sanchez, New Orleans' local drummers, visiting drummers Nubian Messengers Collective (Brooklyn, NY), N'Fungola Sibo Traditional African Dance Company, Zion TrinityFiYiYi, Michaela Harrison, Fr. Maurice Nutt, Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University; Shkt. Hrimgalah, Ausar Auset Society, SW Region; Freddi W. Evans, Denise "Oracle" Cook (California), Rev. Denise GravesLeon A. Waters/Hidden History, LLC, Rachel DangermondChief Clarence Delcour, Creole Osceolas with The Serenity Peace Doves; Big Queen Cherice Harrison Nelson,Guardians of the Flameand others. 
Congo Square/Louis Armstrong Park - 701 N. Rampart St., NOLA
Free and open to the public.

The procession begins at St. Peter and N. Rampart Streets at Congo Square.
Turn right onto St. Louis St. Proceed and merge onto Basin Street.
Turn right onto N. Villere St.
Turn right on Gov. Nicholls St. (Brief stop at Tomb of the Unknown Slave at St. Augustine Church)
Turn right onto Royal Street. 
Turn left onto Conti Street
Turn left onto Chartres Street.  (Pause at Omni Royal Orleans Hotel)
Turn right onto Toulouse Street.
Proceed on Toulouse Street to Woldenberg Park for final prayers and releasing of flowers at the Mississippi River
July 6, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Nzila Afrobeat Project Concert
Nzila Afrobeat Project is a dynamic musical group from Caracas, Venezuela called, based on African music, Afro-Venezuelan.  Their captivating music is merged with genres such as Afrobeat, funk, jazz, acid jazz, and new wave. 
Sponsored by Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in New Orleans, Citgo, Santa Barbara Airlines, and Ashé.
Ashé I, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA
Free and open to the public.
For more information on any of the events listed, call (504) 569-9070.


Community support for the Maafa includes sponsorship from Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezula in New Orleans, National Park Service Centennial Organization, and The Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University.


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