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Central Baptist Church Holds 400 Years of Slavery History Banquet
By Linda Kincaid, CBC Historian and Lina Nichols-Bradley - February 23, 2020

Kingsport, TN, February 22, 2020: Celebrating the Anniversary of 400 Years of Slavery History in the month of February culminating with a grand banquet February 22, 2020 at the V.O. Dobbins Center. The keynote speaker was Rose Stuckey Kirk, President of Verizon Foundation and a special presentation by Rev. Vincent M. Dial M.Ed. Mrs.Stuckey Kirk as the speaker at 11:00 worship service February 23, 2020.”

On August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. American was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400 anniversary of this fateful moment, it is finally time to tell our story truthfully. ”The 1619 Project".

Mrs. Kirk speech was entitled “A Legacy:  A Choice to Survive”.  It was based on the  22 survivors of the 320 first Africans to land on North American soil 400 years ago.  While these individuals originally were prisoners  of war to their captives, they became a source of survive once their ship reached land.  They were the only thing they had to trade for food and supplies.  Coming to America was a chance to survive but passed on a legacy of slavery that they never intended.  However, their survival would not have been possible without a strong sense of self and  sense of worth – on which we have and continue to build a strong African American History.

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