On 400th Anniversary Of 1st Slave Shipment, Nancy Pelosi Visited Ghana With Ilhan Omar, John Lewis, Sheila Jackson Lee

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Written by Ann Brown
Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, smiles as she stands between Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, left, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as Democrats rally outside the Capitol ahead of passage of H.R. 1, “The For the People Act,” a bill which aims to expand voting rights and strengthen ethics rules, in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019. House Democrats are rounding the first 100 days of their new majority taking stock of their accomplishments, noting the stumbles and marking their place as a frontline of resistance to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently took a Congressional delegation to Ghana to meet with President Nana Akufo-Addo on the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans being shipped to America.

According to a statement from the office of the Speaker of the House, the delegation included Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman John Lewis, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Karen Bass. 

“I consider this to be a fitting and proper way to commemorate the 400th year since the enslaved people were forced to leave their homeland and sent in bondage to the New World,” said Clyburn. “I seek to pay homage to the sacrifices of our African ancestors and honor the contributions they made to building the United States of America.”

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“So grateful for the honor to return to Mother Africa,” Omar tweeted of the trip. 

“To mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America, the government of Ghana launched the ‘Year of Return, Ghana 2019’ in a quest to encourage African Americans and the black diaspora to return to the country where their ancestors were kidnapped and enslaved, Face2Face Africa reported.

Pelosi said in the statement: “It is a special honor to be the first U.S. Speaker of the House to address the illustrious Parliament of Ghana, as we build on the partnership between our nations.”

Ann Brown
Image Attribution: Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, smiles as she stands between Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, left, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as Democrats rally outside the Capitol ahead of passage of H.R. 1, "The For the People Act," a bill which aims to expand voting rights and strengthen ethics rules, in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019. House Democrats are rounding the first 100 days of their new majority taking stock of their accomplishments, noting the stumbles and marking their place as a frontline of resistance to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite), Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, smiles as she stands between Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, left, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as Democrats rally outside the Capitol ahead of passage of H.R. 1, "The For the People Act," a bill which aims to expand voting rights and strengthen ethics rules, in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019. House Democrats are rounding the first 100 days of their new majority taking stock of their accomplishments, noting the stumbles and marking their place as a frontline of resistance to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)