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Walking With My Ancestors: Cape Coast Castle by Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum

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Spurlock Museum
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Feb 25, 2024   2:00 - 3:30 pm  
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Campus Wellbeing Services - All Wellness Events

Walking with My Ancestors: Cape Coast Castle (2019), the award-winning and nationally recognized performance piece, is about a mother’s search for guidance from the spirits of her ancestors in the dungeons for enslaved Africans. The story takes the audience through a ritual journey that includes dance, music, and drama and leads to revelation, reconciliation, and rebirth. Walking with My Ancestors offers fresh perspectives on the experiences of the “forgotten” enslaved Africans and demonstrates how today’s racial and cultural problems connect with truths of our shared and painful pasts. The work is timely. It provides platforms for deepened conversations about identities, diversity and inclusion, immigration and migration, border crossings, citizenship, parenting, homeland, diaspora, and the “ghosts of slavery.” Ultimately, Walking with My Ancestors is a human story about triumph over adversity, hope, resilience, emotional justice, and survival.

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