Movies with a Mission are free film screenings about Africa and the African Diaspora that seek to inform and inspire dialogue. Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta. RSVP REQUIRED https://movieswithamissionatlantaseptermber.eventbrite.com/
More info visit www.sankofaspirit.com.
Saturday 28, “Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North”
A unique and disturbing journey of discovery into the history and "living consequences" of one of the United States' most shameful episodes — slavery. In this bicentennial year of the U.S. abolition of the slave trade, one might think the tragedy of African slavery in the Americas has been exhaustively told. Katrina Browne thought the same, until she discovered that her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island were not an aberration. Rather, they were just the most prominent actors in the North's vast complicity in slavery, buried in myths of Northern innocence.
Browne — a direct descendant of Mark Anthony DeWolf, the first slaver in the family — took the unusual step of writing to 200 descendants, inviting them to journey with her from Rhode Island to Ghana to Cuba and back, recapitulating the Triangle Trade that made the DeWolfs the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Nine relatives signed up. Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North is Browne's spellbinding account of the journey that resulted.