Aug. 25, 1619, marks 400 years since the first Africans were enslaved in the Colony of Virginia. Ghana has declared 2019 the “Year of Return” for African descendants around the globe. The World’s Rupa Shenoy traveled to Ghana to look at how slavery is entangled in both the past and present lives of people there and in the African diaspora.
Aug. 25 marks 400 years since the first recorded enslaved Africans arrived in North America to work plantations in English colonies. In the centuries after, European slave traders shipped millions of African men, women and children across the Atlantic Ocean. This photo essay retraces some of the final steps Ghanaians would have taken in their homeland.
In countries where right-wing leaders have come to power, like Brazil, many new young, diverse leaders are choosing to run for office. São Paulo has elected the country’s first transgender Afro Brazilian lawmaker.
The era of the trans-Atlantic slavery is documented in archives in former colonies around the world. Now, just as there’s the most potential to use those documents to fill in large gaps in history, some of those archives are at risk of being lost.