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Africa Day 2016 at the California State Capitol featuring Roots Sunday
by khubaka, michael harris
Friday May 20th, 2016 4:37 AM
Africa Day 2016 we feature a new imagination of ROOTS for the first time in 40 years and encourage a broader conversation of the ongoing impacts of “Slavery in California, ” unique targeted Legislation with Judicial and Executive acts specific to people of African ancestry by the State of California.
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Africa Day 2016 brings attention to the connected history of the 6th Region of the African Union and how the collective historical legacy by people of African ancestry in the State of California impacts our communities today.

Official documentation of the historic contributions by people of African Ancestry to the creation, expansion and distant future of the State of California remains an ongoing secret.

This unspoken secret may hold the solution to a plethora of mental, economic, social and spiritual that adversely impacts to our communities today. Leading progressive minds utilize a wholistic healing methodology recognizing “Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome” embedded in mitochondria genetic code, essential to a positive new way forward.

The Organization of African Unity (OAU) was established on May 25, 1963, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by the Conference of Independent African States, and the OAU Charter was signed by the Heads of State and Government of 30 independent African states.

In July 2000, the Constitutive Act of the African Union was adopted during the Lomé Summit and planned preparations for the successful transition for the African Union, including the 6th Region of the African Union, including the State of California.

Africa Day 2016 we feature a new imagination of ROOTS for the first time in 40 years and encourage a broader conversation of the ongoing impacts of “Slavery in California, ” unique targeted Legislation with Judicial and Executive acts specific to people of African ancestry by the State of California.

ROOTS first aired in 1977, and helped elevate an unfinished conversation, as we approach the 40th anniversary of the original series, an new amazing cast including - Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, Laurence Fishburne, LeVar Burton and more - to reimagine ROOTS for a new generation.

Throughout California, we are helping encourage churches to participate in "Roots Sunday" on Sunday, May 29, 2016 in partnership with a nationwide effort. http://rootssunday.com/

To participate, churches agree to do at least one of the following:
1) Play the ROOTS trailer as part of Sunday services and/or make an announcement about its air date, beginning May 30th, on The History Channel
2) Acknowledge and honor the eldest members in your congregations.
3) Host watch parties and discussion events, beginning May 30th.
4) Encourage young people to participate in the Roots Sunday Student Essay Contest.

We're excited to expand the public policy conversation, education and awareness of Roots Sunday this Africa Day 2016 towards official documenting the contributions by people of African ancestry, standing in the gap honoring Mervyn M. Dymally keeping part of his work alive.