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Bermuda To Host 6th Intl. African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference

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Bermuda Government officials in association with the African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) Bermuda Foundation announced today that Bermuda will host the 6th International African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference 2010, “Evolution of the Trail” History, Culture, Global Communities and Economic Empowerment. The conference will take place at Grotto Bay Beach Resort from October 15-17 2010.

The conference marks the celebration of Bermuda’s 10th Anniversary of the commencement of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail by the late Minister of Tourism, The Hon. David H. Allen, JP, MP. Presentations will feature discussions relating to the international advancement of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail.

Under the direction of Interim Chairperson Dame the Hon. Jennifer Smith, JP, DHuml MP, the conference presentations and workshops will be led by top-notch scholars and Ministers of Tourism and Culture from locations such as the Bahamas, Tanzania and Canada.

“Cultivation of progressive resources, financial empowerment and stability within Diaspora countries is essential to the economic advancement and stability of such communities around the globe,” said ADHT Executive Director, Michelle Burrows. “Implementing programs and investing in progressive opportunities to educate and preserve culture, traditions and history of the African Diaspora is imperative in order for us to truly experience world-wide awareness and economic progress.”

Dr. Niyi Coker, Jr., the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of African-American Studies at UMSL and director of over 50 major stage productions, will be amongst the celebrated speakers. In fact, local college and high school students will have an opportunity to experience Dr. Coker’ at the ADHT Youth Film Workshop: Know Your History “Determine Your Future”. Additional speakers include esteemed experts James Early, director of cultural studies and communications at Smithsonian Institute, Johnson JohnRose, communications officer of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Edmond Moukala, program specialist at UNESCO.

The conferences noted Gala event is slated for Saturday, October 16, to take place at the Lido Complex at Elbow Beach Resort. The event will honor local and international award recipients, including the founding Chairman of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail Bermuda Foundation, Dr. the Hon. Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP Premier and Minister of Tourism and Transport.

The summit is also aimed at strengthening a network of international and regional leaders, organizations and enthusiasts. Bermudian scholars and presenters include Dr. Clarence Maxwell, Dr. Muriel Wade-Smith, Dr. Quito Swan, Dr. Janet Ferguson, Dr. Radell Tankard, Dr. Edward Harris, Senator Walton Brown, Magistrate Michelle St. Jane, Mr. Cordell Riley, Mrs. Joy Wilson-Tucker and members of Citizens Uprooting Racism In Bermuda (CURB). 

Past conference destinations include the islands of the Bahamas, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zanzibar, all possessing a wealth of African culture, tradition and intriguing legacy.

“The successful growth and expansion of this program, as a Bermuda based model, is directly linked to the pride and participation of its people. We have an opportunity to set a precedence for the world to follow and partner with us to ensure that the sacrifices of millions through infliction of slavery is not forgotten,” said Ms. Burrows.

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