First African Landing Commemorative Weekend

Complete Schedule of Events

Friday, August 23 to Sunday, August 25, 2019

Thursday, August 22

12:30 – 1:30 pm         Voice of America – Africa to America: The Odyssey of Slavery Town Hall

                                    Brown Hall, Norfolk State University

1:30 – 4:00 pm       400 Years of African American History Federal Commission Public                                                   Meeting, Fort Monroe, Paradise Ocean Club

Friday, August 23

9:30 am-10:30 am     Tucker Family Cemetery Reflection and Commemoration

12:00 – 1:00 pm         Live Broadcast of WHRO’s “Another View” from Fort Monroe Post Theatre

12:00 – 3:00 pm          Political Firsts Luncheon at Hampton Convention Center

                             Hampton 2019 Commemorative Event; paid, ticketed; 150-200 people

                        Confirmed Panelists: Former Sen. Carol Mosely Braun, Former Governor                            Doug Wilder, and Former Sen. Howard Lee

6:00 – 8:00 pm            Private, VIP Reception at the Commanding General’s Residence and  Garden by 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution

6:00 – 8:00 pm           Hampton 2019 Commemorative Event Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the Main House play at Fort Monroe Community Center.                                       Free Youth Event

6:00 – 8:00 pm           1619 – 2019: 400 Years of Perseverance Panel Discussion, ASALH, Hampton University

Saturday, August 24

6:30 – 8:00 am           Project 1619 Morning Sunrise African Naming Ceremony, Buckroe Beach, Fort Monroe

9:30 -11:30 am           2019 First African Landing Commemorative Ceremony

                                    Commanding General’s Residence, Continental Park, Fort Monroe

11:30 am – 5:00 pm   Hampton 2019 Commemorative Program, Fort Monroe

  • Food Trucks
  • Vendors
  • Cultural Group Displays
  • Exhibitors
  • Children’s Activities
  • Living History
  • Drumming and Dancing Presentations
  • Youth Performances
  • Storytelling
  • Musical Performances
  • Giveaways

12:00 pm – 3:30 pm   African Landing Day Program presented by Project 1619

                                    (Times subject to change)

  • 11:45 am
    • Drum call
    • Drummers from around the country will be invited to participate
    • Parade of flags
  • 12:00 pm -Libation by Chiefs from Cameroon
  • 12:30 pm -National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement
  • 12:50 pm
    • Welcome by Mayor Tuck and Project 1619 Representative
    • Introduction of dignitaries from America and Africa
  • 1:30 pm- KanKouran West African Dance group
  • 2:30 pm -African Naming Ceremony
  • 2:45pm -Procession to the fishing pier for flower petal throwing ceremony

12:00 – 4:00 pm          Black Heritage Tours sponsored by the NPS at Fort Monroe (Hourly)

4:00 – 6:00 pm                        Private – Hampton Mayor’s VIP Reception at Chamberlin Hotel

6:30 – 10:00 pm          African Landing Day Concert at Hampton Coliseum featuring Common with Sounds of Blackness

Sunday, August 25

1:30 – 2:30 pm           National Park Service Town Hall, Fort Monroe Post Theatre

2:30 pm                      Gathering in Continental Park, Fort Monroe

  • Archive Photo Shoot
  • Libation Ceremony – Chadra Pittman, Sankofa Project
  • Blessing of the Land and Iroquois Prayer – Chief Walt Red Hawk Brown, Chief of the Cheroenhaka (Nottaway) Indian Tribe and Chairman of the Cheroenhaka (Nottaway) Indian Tribal Foundation
  • The Healing Calls – Professor Marian D. Clifton, Poet
  • Healing Launch – Terry E. Brown, Superintendent, Fort Monroe National Monument

3:00 pm                      National Ringing of Bells

3:25 pm                      Center Stage

  • US Colored Troops Ensemble 6437
    • Emcee Welcome – Anita Blanton
    • Presentation of Colors – Joint Base Langley-Eustis, 633rd Air Base Wing
    • National Anthem – Rachael Colman, USAF Airman 1st Class
    • Invocation – Dr. Rex M. Ellis, Dr. Rex M. Ellis, Associate Director Emeritus and former Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution
    • “What a Wonderful World”/ Que Mundo Tan Maravilloso!” by Nicole Michele Aponte, Award Winning Vocalist
  • What is Healing? – Remarks by Dr. Michael Battle, General Theological Seminary and Director of the Tutu Center

4:30 pm                      Remarks from Dignitaries:

                                    Spoken Word – Don Pollack and Imagine

                                    Teens with a Purpose

                                    Keynote by Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Academic, Author, Media                                                    Personality   

5:15 pm                      400 Distinguished Service Awards Presentation

                                    400 Years of African American History Federal Commission Awards                                                – Dr. Joseph Green, Co-Chairman

5:30 pm                      “Reach” – Transcendence Aerial Dance

                                   “You Are Beautiful” – Addison Messick, Virginia Gymnastics First Place All Around Champion

5:45 pm                      Concert featuring:

  • 4 Him Gospel Quartet
  • Damien Sneed – Recording Artist, 2014 Sphinx Medal of Excellence           
  • First Baptist Choir

6:45 pm                         Closing Ceremony – Terry E. Brown, Superintendent, Fort Monroe                                                                 National Monument

                                      Benediction –            Dr. Eric Williams Curator of Religion, National Museum of                                                    African American History and Culture

                                      21 Gun Salute – 633rd Air Base Wing-Joint Base Langley-Eustis