Maafa: Black Holocaust Ritual

African and African American arts and culture

In 2006, the Maafa: Black Holocaust Ritual received a grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program to support their 11th annual commemoration in Oakland.  This ceremony is a mourning and rememberance ritual that memorializes those Africans who jumped off the transatlantic slave ships into the ocean.  The ritual honors the African ancestors from which African-Americans are descendents.  The commemoration also includes an art exhibit and spiritual meeting.