29

Jul
2019

Pelosi and Congressional Black Caucus Delegation to visit historic sites in Ghana

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a Congressional Black Caucus delegation visiting Ghana to hold high-level discussions with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Speaker Mike Oquaye and other senior government officials.  Speaker Pelosi will deliver an address to the Ghanaian Parliament.

Solemnly, the delegation will pay respects at Cape Coast and Elmina Castles and the “Door of No Return,” to observe the 400th Anniversary of the First Enslaved Africans Landing in America.

Ahead of the visit, officials from the US Embassy, security officials and a delegation from Ghana Tourism Authority met with Chiefs in as well as visited some of the attractions they would visit last two weeks.

The delegation includes the distinguished Majority Whip James Clyburn, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Karen Bass, Co-Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee Congresswoman Barbara Lee and icon of the Congress, John Lewis.

“As the founding chair of the International African American Museum, which is being built on Gadsden Wharf in Charleston, South Carolina where approximately 50 percent of enslaved Africans arrived in this country, it is particularly meaningful to me to join the first woman Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and many of my African American colleagues in visiting Ghana’s Door of No Return,” said Whip Clyburn.  “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.  I seek to pay homage to the sacrifices of our African ancestors and honour the contributions they made to building the United States of America.”

“400 years ago this year, our ancestors were first brought to this continent in chains.  On this delegation, 12 Members of the Congressional Black Caucus will return to the African continent as Members of the United States Congress,” said Congresswoman Bass.  “We have come so far but we still have so far to go. Among the history being made this trip, I am very much also looking forward to witnessing the first woman Speaker of the United States House of Representatives address the Ghanaian parliament.  I thank Speaker Pelosi for leading this important trip and for joining us in sending a signal of mutual respect and partnership to Ghana and the continent of Africa as a whole.”

The Members of the Congressional delegation are:

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi
  • House Majority Whip James Clyburn 
  • Congressman John Lewis, Ways & Means Committee
  • Congressman Bobby Rush, Energy & Commerce Committee
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Budget Committee, Homeland Security Committee and Judiciary Committee
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Appropriations Committee and Budget Committee
  • Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Energy & Commerce Committee and Homeland Security Committee
  • Congressman Hank Johnson, Judiciary Committee and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
  • Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Agriculture Committee, Education & Labor Committee and House Administration Committee
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass, Foreign Affairs Committee and Judiciary Committee
  • Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Intelligence Committee and Ways & Means Committee
  • Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Education & Labor Committee and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
  • Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Financial Services Committee and Joint Economic Committee
  • Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Budget Committee, Education & Labor Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee

Source: speaker.gov

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