You know, you can really never know enough about our history as Black people in this world. The reason for this is that so much of it was obscured, distorted and destroyed by those who kidnapped us from our Motherland, forced us into chattel slavery, then during modern times either tried to cover it up and pretend it never existed; blame the victims by saying that Africans sold themselves into slavery, to a half a million other lies and cover ups.
But ATAC - Avenging the Ancestors Coalition, of Philadelphia, PA - has not only been keeping the records straight, notifying us of these events, that have been plowed under with our ancestors; but they've also made a concerted effort to commemorate these events as much as possible.
Below is an excerpt from an email notification I received from them earlier on August 19:
"Silent Mourning & Libational Trek" on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.,
For the uninitiated, I'm sharing ATAC's website:
PRESIDENT WASHINGTON ENSLAVED 316 BLACK MEN, WOMEN, & CHILDREN IN VIRGINIA & TRANSPORTED 9 OF THEM TO AMERICA’S FIRST “WHITE HOUSE” IN PHILADELPHIA AT THE CURRENT SITE OF THE NEW LIBERTY BELL CENTER AT 6TH & MARKET.
IN ORDER TO EXPOSE THE TRUTH, AVENGING THE ANCESTORS COALITION (ATAC) WAS FOUNDED IN 2002 & LED THE SUCCESSFUL 8 YEAR BATTLE FOR A SLAVERY MEMORIAL AT THE SITE.
ON DECEMBER 15, 2010, THIS HISTORIC SLAVERY MEMORIAL/ PRESIDENT’S HOUSE PROJECT OPENED TO THE PUBLIC. IT WILL FOREVER HONOR THE ENSLAVED 9 & ALL OTHER BLACKS WHO WERE ENSLAVED IN AMERICA.
FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, ATAC HAS JOINED WITH THE D'ZERT CLUB TO PUSH PHILADELPHIA'S PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM TO FULLY ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT THE LATE DR.EDWARD ROBINSON'S INFUSION CURRICULUM WHICH EMPHASIZES WORLD HISTORY AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICANS.
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ATAC (Avenging the Ancestors Coalition)ATAC is a broad-based coalition of historians, activists, attorneys, elected officials, religious leaders, media personalities, and other tax-paying voters — descendants of the victims of the greatest holocaust in the history of humankind. ATAC has the active support of Black (and other) elected officials throughout Pennsylvania.
What Have We Done?
This website is the primary reason that ATAC made history so quickly. And Doug Heller- our original and remarkably ingenious webmaster and now one of our most beloved spiritual ancestors- was the brains behind it. We therefore dedicate this website to him. We also thank and acknowledge Zion Baptist Church (Broad and Venango Streets) for allowing us to gather there for our meetings, to organize, and to honor the ancestors. ###
NOW THAT YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
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