CBC marks 400th anniversary of slaves' arrival in US

CBC marks 400th anniversary of slaves' arrival in US
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Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves in North America, according to USA Today.

“All of our history is what makes this country a great country,’’ CBC Chairwoman Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassHillicon Valley: Google buying Fitbit for .1B | US launches national security review of TikTok | Twitter shakes up fight over political ads | Dems push committee on 'revenge porn' law Democratic lawmakers call on Judiciary Committee to advance 'revenge porn' law Lawmakers come together to honor Cummings: 'One of the greats in our country's history' MORE (D-Calif.) said at the Tuesday event held at the U.S. Capitol's Emancipation Hall.

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“Today we complete the journey that we began in Ghana,’’ she added, referencing a trip by several caucus members over the summer to the African nation to commemorate the anniversary.

Actress Alfre Woodard commemorated African slaves and their descendants, saying they not only survived but “flourished,” according to the newspaper.

She proceeded to read a list of accomplished African Americans, including former president and first lady Barack and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaResistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family Budowsky: A Biden-Michelle Obama ticket in 2020? Bloomberg threatens to shake up 2020 primary MORE, former Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y.), ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick and civil rights hero Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats ramp up oversight efforts over 'opportunity zone' incentive The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Detroit police chief calls Tlaib facial recognization idea 'racist' MORE (D-Ga.), who was present at the ceremony.

“You are the dream and the hope of the slaves,” the Oscar nominee concluded, paraphrasing Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”

“This really is encouraging as a black woman from the ancestors of slaves … to honor them and what they went through and what they endured and to know that we’re still here,” the Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, an attendee and the CEO of the National Council of Churches, told the newspaper. “We are still rising.”