Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc. (DRS), creator of the XODUS 2019 Homecoming Experience Projects (Underground Railroad Experience Tour and XODUS Homecoming Tour), is organizing our first annual Underground Railroad (UGRR) Homecoming Day on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Great Dismal Swamp in South Mills, North Carolina and ChesapeakeVirginia. It is time to honor our UGRR history and reconnect with families and communities near the U.S. National Park Services' designated UGRR site at The Great Dismal Swamp. The Dismal Swamp is the only UGRR site located in two states.

We are launching our Underground Railroad and XODUS Homecoming Remittance Fund Process to generate financial support to organize and facilitate the event. We are contacting people and organizations with ancestry and ties to North Carolina andVirginia residing anywhere globally for their support and participation. We hope to see you at the UGRR Homecoming Day and welcome you back home to learn about the history and courage of African Americans that were enslaved and worked at the Dismal Swamp and Canal.


This Xodus Homecoming Nerwork is a global initiative concept, spearheaded by Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc., (DRS) to organize the prophetic gathering and structure of the transatlantic slave trade descendants and supporters, while restoring economic relationships with Africa and fulfilling the promised destiny.


In the year 2019, the African diaspora in the United States arrives at a major milestone in our 400-year journey outside of Africa.  The significance of this historical era affects the cultural, spiritual and social lives of millions of people around the world.  There is also the global economic impact of this prophetic restoration that has the potential of generating billions of dollars in a new industry that fosters new business opportunities and creates thousands of jobs globally. 
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harriet-jacobs north-carolina-state-archives smallerThe theme for this year's conference is "I Resolved Never to Be Conquered": Women and the Underground Railroad. This sentiment penned by freedom seeker Harriet Jacobs, shows her determination, "though one of God's most powerless creatures," to retain control over herself and her body despite her enslaved status. The conference's focus on women recognizes NTF program's new organizational link with the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Monument, and will explore that while Tubman has been the dominant image of women and the Underground Railroad, her involvement is part of a larger story of women's participation in the movement, as freedom seekers and as operatives.


The five-day conference in will include renowned speakers, panel discussions, an exhibit hall, and tours of local museums and historic sites. There will also be an opportunity to tour Canada on Sunday, July 20th. So be sure to have your passports or enhanced driver's licenses ready!

Registration is available through the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) at:                                                                                                            


Photo: Harriet Jacobs by Keith White


Conference Hotel:

DoubleTree- Fort Shelby

525 West Lafayette Blvd.        

Detroit, MI 48226     

Phone: 1.800.HILTONS

Conference Room Rate: $100/night + tax (single or double occupancy)    

Group Code:NUR 

saint-lucia-jazz-and-arts-festival-2014The 2014 Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival will take place at from April 30 to May 11. Performers this year include Alison Hinds, Alternative Quartet, Barrington Levy, Bluemango, Commodores, DeeDee Bridgewater, Elvis Crespo, KEM, Maxwell, Monty Alexander, Omar Sosa, P Square, Teddyson John, St. Lucia’s Soulfully Sweet Son, and Tessanne Chin.

Revamped, redesigned and with a broadened artistic direction, the Caribbean's premier cultural event — the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival — will attract thousands to Simply Beautiful Saint Lucia. Cultural enthusiasts, festival lovers and music aficionados will be wooed by over 50 world-acclaimed entertainers and artisans over the 12-day festival.

Performances will be set against the iconic and historic Pigeon Island National Landmark backdrop, along with other scenic vistas across Saint Lucia, showcasing an innovative infusion of Music and Arts designed to highlight the island's rich historic and cultural legacy. For more information, see

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National Juneteenth Celebration

June 19, 2016

Washington, DC


Join Rev. Dr. Ron Myers, chair of the National Juneteenth Foundation and other leaders for two days to pay homage to our enslaved ancestors. The first day is the National Day of Reconciliation Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement and the Remembrance of the MAAFA in America. This will include the presentation of the Dr. James Cameron National Juneteenth Leadership Award in honor of the late Dr. James Cameron, founder of America’s Black Holocaust Museum.  The National Juneteenth Celebration take place on the second day which represents Independence and Freedom Day for blacks all across the America. Celebration services on this day include a National Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast that morning, National Juneteenth Congressional Reception and the National Juneteenth Wreath Laying Ceremony. Please support this cause. For more information, visit



Israel Juneteenth Reconciliation Tour

July 2016



 israelAs leader of the Juneteenth Movement, Dr. Myers along with Dr. Walter McCray, president of the National Black Evangelical Association: Rev. William Gwynn, III; Executive Secretary for the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council and other leaders will go to Israel for a Juneteenth Celebration and Reconciliation Tour. They will meet with the first black Miss Israel, Titi Aynau; teachers, researchers, government officials and other leaders. This tour will include visiting Israel’s historic, biblical and holy sites. For more information, visit .




World Day of Reconciliation & Healing from Legacy of Enslavement

August, 2016

Hampton, Va.


This event commemorates the date the first Africans, twenty Angolans, in British colonial America, arrived in the slave ship, the White Lion, at Old Point Comfort, Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA, in 1619. This was America's first Middle Passage. The events are part of the Annual African Landing Commemoration Day led by Calvin Pearson founder of Project 1619, Inc. Commemorations include the Reconciliation and Healing Prayer Service on August 20 at the historic marker where the first Africans landed in America on August 20 in Fort Monroe. There will also be a Jazz & Heritage Reconciliation & Healing Concert in Hampton. For more information, visit .

Juneteenth Alaskan Alcan Highway Celebration

October, 2016

Anchorage, Alaska


 Led by Bishop Dave Thomas, Chairman of the National Juneteenth Armed Services Commission, this event honors the Alcan Highway Veterans. There is a three day celebration that includes a Juneteenth Alaska Reconciliation Prayer Brunch, the Anchorage Juneteenth Jazz and Arts Festival and the Juneteenth Military Honors Awards Reception and Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of African Americans army engineers who built the Alaska Alcan Highway and completed the Sikanni Chief River Bridge on October 28, 1942 and ultimately ended segregation in the U.S. military. For more information, visit     http://


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kenyaIn celebration of 20 years of cultural programming, African Musical Arts will present the Kenya's Moipei Quartet first US Tour this spring!


At the young ages of 17 and 19, they have already been singing and performing for more than a decade. They have represented Kenya in quite a number of international events in Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, China, South Korea, Canada and Venezuela. In 2006, the girls were appointed the first ever UNICEF Child Ambassadors in Kenya and since then won the prestigious 4th SABC Crown Gospel Music Award in Durban, South Africa, for "Best of Africa" with their first album, In the Land of the Lion. Known for their knowledge of a wide variety of music styles, the quartet perform all styles of music from classical, African, opera, gospel and pop.
These young musical talents appear to be on a skyrocket to success with no end in sight. Their beautiful "angelic" voices were featured in a recent performance at the inauguration ceremony of the Kenyan President in April 2013. Now they are embarking on their first U.S. concert tour beginning this February in major cities including stops in New York, Memphis, Jonesboro, Dallas, San Antonio, St. Louis, and ending in Chicago. Besides performing at A-State's Fowler Center, the girls will be performing at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis. And in Chicago, their tour will culminate with workshops with the Chicago Community Chorus and the Chicago Children's Choir and performances for the 7,000+ members of Trinity United Church of Christ.
The unique musical talent of these siblings was noticed early on. "Our parents discovered our talents when we were two and three years respectively. They tell us they hummed a tune and we hummed back." Besides their vocal talents, the girls each play instruments including flute, saxophone, violin and clarinet. Even with their daily practices, which tend to last over three hours, it was not lost to them that they needed to excel in school.  "Balancing school and music has not been easy, but our parents made sure we learn how to."
Cities where they will perform include New York, Memphis, Dallas, San Antonio, Saint Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis. Tour begins in March. For city tour schedule, visit or call 314-652-6800.




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2014 Roots Festival in The Gambia

(Stop-Over in Dakar, Senegal)

May 7-17, 2014, $2,575.00

   Travel arrangements by Henderson Travel Service


This 10 day package includes round trip air via South African Airways from Washington Dulles (IAD), Hotel accommodations based on double occupancy in Dakar and Banjul, transfers, All official Festival activities, tours as noted, breakfast daily, all taxes, air conditioned motor coaches, all admissions, and English speaking guides.


Per Person Based on Double Occupancy



 5/07 Depart Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) for Dakar,  Senegal on South African Airways 208 at 5:40 pm

5/08  Arrive Dakar at 5:30 am; clear customs; check into Novotel Hotel; enjoy lunch on your own before departing for afternoon city sightseeing tour and tour of Goree Island. Overnight at Novotel Hotel.

5/09  After breakfast, depart for overland, scenic drive to The Gambia; evening Festival registration and Welcome Reception—Night of the Griots. Overnight at Djeliba Hotel.

5/10  After breakfast, attend Official Opening of the Roots Festival; after dinner, participate in the optional Cultural Master Workshop. Overnight at Djeliba Hotel.

5/11  After breakfast, participate in the Roots Pilgrimage. Overnight at Djeliba Hotel.

5/12  After breakfast, enjoy shopping and site visits; depart for Kanilai for Futampaf Rites of Passage Program or participate in Optional Cultural Master Workshop. Overnight in Kanilai.

5/13  After breakfast, continue with Futampaf program or Optional Cultural Fitness/African Dance & Drumming on the Beach. Overnight in Kanilai

5/14  After breakfast, return to Banjul and attend the official Festival Symposium; and attend the African Gala Dinner in the evening. Overnight at Djeliba Hotel. (B/L)

5/15  After breakfast, depart for Makasutu Cultural Festival and participate in an optional Cultural Master Workshop in the Arts. Overnight at Djeliba Hotel

5/16  Enjoy breakfast before departing for your drive back to Dakar for SAA #207, departing at 1:25 a.m. (May 17th).

5/17  Arrive Dulles International Airport at 6:25am

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Note: Cultural workshops listed are included with this package!

Travel arrangements by Henderson Travel Service, 7961 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910. Contact Ana Lopes on 301-650-5700 x 506. Major credit cards are accepted. Single supplement is an additional $350.00. Final payment is due March 21, 2014. Make all payments to Henderson Travel Service and ReferenceT-1367. Late fee of $75.00after Feb. 6. Additional Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,



**Prices and dates are subject to change**


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braxtonGrammy award winner Toni Braxton is set to perform at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, scheduled for January 30-February 1, 2014 at Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny. Braxton, who is known for the hit song “Un-break My Heart,” has previously performed in Jamaica in 2009 at Reggae Sumfest.

Joining the singer is Chaka Khan, country singer Crystal Gayle, and R&B singers Chrisette Michelle and Aaron Neville. This year's Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival will begin at the end of January to avoid bookings clashes with next year’s Grammy Awards, which will be staged on January 26 in Los Angeles. Several patrons in Jamaica and overseas have reportedly made advanced ticket purchases.

For more information on this year’s festival and how to get tickets, visit their official site at

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braxtonGrammy award winner Toni Braxton is set to perform at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, scheduled for January 30-February 1, 2014 at Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny. Braxton, who is known for the hit song “Un-break My Heart,” has previously performed in Jamaica in 2009 at Reggae Sumfest.

Joining the singer is Chaka Khan, country singer Crystal Gayle, and R&B singers Chrisette Michelle and Aaron Neville. This year's Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival will begin at the end of January to avoid bookings clashes with next year’s Grammy Awards, which will be staged on January 26 in Los Angeles. Several patrons in Jamaica and overseas have reportedly made advanced ticket purchases.

For more information on this year’s festival and how to get tickets, visit their official site at

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The Africa Travel Association's 7th Annual U.S.-Africa Tourism Seminar at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. 


Friday, February 21, 2014, 8 am (Registration begins); 9 am - 4 pm (Program)


Washington D.C. Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW., Washington, DC


The learning sessions will focus on the unique U.S.-Africa travel connection, new travel trends and niche tourism products in Africa, airline connectivity, and hotel growth. There will also be ample time for networking and building business-to-business connections.


ATA's leading industry event in the USA attracts government tourism leaders and diplomatic community representatives from Africa and the USA, travel agents and tour operators, Diaspora community leaders, non-profit organizations focusing on Africa and/or business and investment, travel media, PR agents, and faculty and students.



The seminar precedes the Travel & Adventure Show, held February 22-23, 2014. ATA seminar participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the travel show.

Advance media registration is now open. Media wishing to attend the seminar must apply for media accreditation. For more information, contact ATA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

arubOne of the biggest cultural events in the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba takes on a golden touch in 2014 when its carnival extravaganza celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Aruba's carnival—or carnaval as it is known locally—is a months-long period of frenetic celebration including queen elections, road marches, tumba (a local music style with its origins in Africa but in its modern-day form influenced by meringue and Latin jazz) and calypso contests, parties and jump-ups, all leading to a dazzling Lighting Parade and Grand Parades in capital Oranjestad and the island's second city of San Nicolas. Official carnaval season starts on November 11 at 11.11 am, running through to just before Lent but is at its height between January and March.

Enjoyed by young and old, with locals delighting in visitors also enjoying the free shows, carnaval is a mesmerising display of colour, creativity and local culture. 'Carnaval' is derived from the Latin carne vale, meaning farewell to flesh and referring to Lent. Its beginnings can be traced back to ancient feasts held to honour such gods as Bacchus and Saturn. Colonisation introduced the phenomenon to the New World and the French brought it to the Caribbean. In Aruba, parades consist of 15 to 20 carnaval groups, each with its own theme reflected by their floats and extravagant costumes. Participants spend months on creating their glittery - and, often barely-there - costumes, some of which are so immense that their trails are put on wheels. Each group shimmies to the beat of its own band playing on a lorry moving with them and infusing the thousands of spectators along the route with their energy.

All 10th anniversaries of carnaval are extra spectacular and the 60th is expected to be particularly special. Locals save for months to create their costumes, often beginning after the end of the previous year's event and sometime foregoing their holiday to finance their costumes.

Next year the big finale parades in Oranjestad and San Nicolas are scheduled for March 1 and 2, so book your place now!

While carnaval is a highlight of the Aruban calendar, it's one of a number of local events reflecting the island's heritage and multi-cultural background. Even Christmas and New Year are infused with a special flavour. Aruba is, for example, the only island that has the dande, a tradition dating back to the 16th Century and influenced by the slaves in neighbouring islands. Groups of singers go from house to house, singing personalised songs of blessings for the New Year for each family, with words and rhythms passed down through the generations. The dera gai (burial of the rooster) celebration takes place on June 24, the birthday of St John the Baptist, and marked with bonfires reminiscent of ancient pagan harvest celebrations. [. . .]

Arubans are great believers in natural medicine, with plants and herbs growing wild considered remedies for everything from baldness to diabetes, indigestion and impotence. Throughout the island, small shops known as botanicas stock herbs and scents that bring luck, success, love and good health. The end of the year is seen as a time for cleansing and renewal and as Christmas approaches, houses are painted, cleaned and purified with incense and selected scents.

Another big date is January 25 when a national holiday commemorates the birth of the 'Liberator of Aruba', G. F. (Betico) Croes. This late political leader was the driving force behind Aruba's desire to separate from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and become an autonomous country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands. On this day Arubans gather—welcoming visitors to join—in Oranjestad's Plaza Betico Croes with a day-long programme, including a culinary festival, bazaar of local goods, a cultural show of Aruban folk dances, as well as carnaval music and dance.

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caf57Now in its sophomore year, Caribe Arts Fest brings the essence of the Americas and the Caribbean to downtown Fort Lauderdale through art exhibits, independent films, music and educational workshops.

Taking place October 17-20, 2013, the festival has collaborated with Nova Southeastern University Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Broward Cultural Division and the City of Fort Lauderdale to showcase the cultural differences in the county. Early bird admission is $10, available online.

Positioned as a destination event, this four-day celebration will consist of industry professionals facilitating educational workshops; international artists, such as Haitian artist Eduoard Duval Carrie and Dillard High School celebrating their 10 year anniversary of “The Indigo Room – The Revival”; and Caribbean filmmakers, such as Dalton Narine from Trinidad screening his Carnival documentary, “Mas Man.’’ These events will be held at NSU’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.

Musical performances, art exhibit stations, tasty cultural cuisines and a kid’s art zone will be available on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Esplanade Park, Downtown Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the talents of local musicians and drummers, the park event will have the melodious sounds of Afro Cuban funk from internationally acclaimed band, The Spam Allstars and conscious reggae from Jamaican band, Rootz Underground.

This event is endorsed by the Greater Ft Lauderdale Visitors and Convention Bureau, City of Fort Lauderdale, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Florida Power and Light and the Broward Cultural Division.

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