Maafa San Francisco Bay Area seeks to rejoin Africans in the Diaspora with their ancient African traditions which were severed at the introduction of chattel slavery into the western hemisphere during the period known as the European transatlantic slave trade.
Maafa SF Bay Area seeks to reconnect or jog latent memories with specific and guided activities such as the Annual Maafa Healing Ritual, formally known as the Black African Holocaust Ritual.
Maafa SF Bay Area celebrates the rejuvenate spirit of the displaced Africans in the western world through ceremonies that honor and recognize this resurgent and transformative African spirit, with the hope that such excursions into the past will help displaced African people remember our story so we can move forward individually and collectively an assured, whole, renewed, proud, loving people.
Maafa SF Bay Area sees itself as a convener, a clearinghouse, a place where individuals and groups can learn about one another’s good work. This goal of this database is to promote Kujichagulia – cooperative work and responsibility.
The goals of all Maafa SF Bay Area affiliates are ones which promote the holistic well-being of African people: mind, body and spirit. This spiritual, psychological and physical work does not ignore the need for continued development and enhancement of African Diaspora social, economic, and political sovereignty.
Maafa Proclamation 2006
Whereas, the Transatlantic Slave Trade in African men, women, and children begun by the Portuguese in the 1490s, then extended into a North American market by the Spaniards in November, 1526, followed by the English in August, 1619, stands as one of the most horrific events in American and world history, an event that cost Africa 50-100 million lives, while over 30 million survived to serve as unpaid laborers under harsh and inhuman conditions for hundreds of years,
Whereas, this ordeal which was legally ended in January 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, it did not address the bigotry and hatred that would fuel a race and class war that continues into the twenty-first century, a war that denies African American citizens their human rights, as spelled out in the United Nations Charter, not to mention equal rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights,
Whereas, what has become known as the Black Holocaust or Maafa, a Kiswahili term that means “great calamity,” is a blight on this nation yet to be removed, a blight that continues to affect both the psyche and emotional well-being of descendents of the formally enslaved African men, women and children as well as every American citizen to this date,
Whereas, the Civil Rights Act of 1965 and subsequent laws, while addressing some of the legal inequities that directly impact African Americans, have not touched the psychological and economic aftermath of this great calamity or Maafa on the African American citizens here in this United States, not to mention Africa and the rest of the African Diaspora,
Whereas, American history does not reflect the history or contributions of its African population in its schools or popular media,
Whereas for the past eleven years the Black Holocaust or Maafa Commemoration Committee, San Francisco Bay Area, has hosted a healing ritual at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, to address the post-traumatic stress linked to the horrific events of enslavement,
Whereas the State of California takes its name from Queen Califia, a Black Amazon Queen, depicted in the Senate Rules Committee Hearing Chamber on the Fourth Floor of the State Building, as well as in the Room of the Dons at Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco,
Whereas the State of California has a rich African Diaspora History as noted in the work of scholars: Ivan Van Sertima in his seminal text They Came Before Columbus, John William Templeton’s 4-Volume Collection: Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, and director Rafaek Rebollar Corona in his films The Forgotten Root (2001) and From Florida to Coahuila (2002) is evidence of this,
Whereas the State of California’s Governor Emanuel Victoria, elected to office January 31, 1831, was a man of African Descent, one of many Black leaders then and now, (http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/africanamerican/timelines.html),
Be it resolved that October, from this day forward, be named Black Holocaust/Maafa Awareness Month, the 31 days a time when civic and educational institutions are encouraged to look more carefully into one of the more shameful times in American history for ways to heal the riffs caused between its African American citizens and others based solely on race, class, and gender.
Maafa San Francisco Bay Area
P.O. Box 30756 Oakland, CA 94604