As a continuation of my previous blog post about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, I want to share the knowledge and personal experience that I had a few months ago. I had the opportunity of walking on the very property of an African female that endured the long ship along the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. While at a conference in October of last year, my colleagues and I explored a territory within history that we did not know existed. Following the advice of the museum directors at American Beach Museum, we journeyed to discover the story of Zephaniah and Anna Kingsley that had piqued our interests at American Beach, the first black owned beach in Florida.
Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley was from Senegal, Africa, and was purchased by Zephaniah Kingsley in Havana, Cuba in 1806. At the age of 18, Anna's life changed when in 1811 Zephaniah gave her freedom and she became his wife and business partner. To their union four children were born.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, a part of the African Diaspora, was the forcible movement of African people to the Americas from the 1450s to 1800s. A vast majority of the African people were taken from central and western parts of Africa and loaded on European slave ships as the work force for the land and its people. According to The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database Voyages website, Brazil was the largest slave destination in the Americas, with the Caribbean island ports coming in second place. Over 12 million Africans were dispersed, and about 4% of them were transported to North America.
In the map to the right you can see the route of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the Americas.
Today marks day 1 of 28 in celebrating Black History Month. This month's purpose is to raise awareness and highlight the struggles, accomplishments, and achievements of Black people. Many times we find ourselves celebrating this month, but we never take the time to discover who created this celebratory occasion. Today's blog post will discuss just that.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday today, my sons and I read Riding to Washington, a 2008 historical fiction book by Gwenyth Swain and illustrated by David Geister. I picked up this book from my oldest son’s school library for two specific reasons: my youngest son is preparing a media festival project about the March on Washington, so I thought this book would provide a glimpse of the day’s events through a child’s lenses. Second, I admire Dr. King and his accomplishments, so I figured it would be an enjoyable read for me as well.
I send this as a message of awareness, enlightenment, and action. As Christian parents and caregivers we are to train up our children in the way that they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Likewise, Christian parents and caregivers have a responsibility to protect our children from the evils of this world, so when they are of age their decisions will align with the ideals of Christ. Many of the media images that are presented before us today are the very representation that we are to guard our children’s spirits, souls, and bodies from, as well as our own. Glorification of the world of darkness, vampires, wizards, witches, morphing from animal to human forms (and vice versa), and zombies has caused parents and children to become desensitized to the reality of demonic spirits and activities, leading to deception and participation in these activities.