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Series of public meetings on African Diaspora Heritage Trail start tonight

The African Diaspora Heritage Trail Bermuda Foundation (ADHT) will host a public meeting tonight to heighten awareness on an upcoming conference in Louisiana.

The meeting will be held at Penno’s Cruise Ship Terminal in St George’s at 7pm as the first in a series of public meetings to “share the vision of the ADHT Bermuda Foundation.

Under the theme “Taking it to the People”, spokeswoman Maxine Esdaille said the information sessions are designed to develop a “global appreciation and acceptance of the heritage of Africa and the African Diaspora”.

“We will give updates on previous projects and highlight those projects that we have planned for the rest of the year and into the future,” she said.

“Of particular note in terms of this year are our plans to reinstitute a number of ADHT tours. And we will encourage attendance at this year’s ninth annual ADHT International Conference, which will take place in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“It is an exciting event with outstanding speakers and terrific tours of the Lafayette area.”

Other topics to be discussed include the 2015 International Conference which is due to take place in Bermuda.

Said Ms Esdaille: “We are already making plans for this event and we will be organising a number of fundraising activities in support of the 2015 conference also.

“In fact at these information sessions there will be a ‘Taste of Louisiana Raffle’ and the funds raised from this raffle will go toward our aim of sending at least one young person from Bermuda to each of our international conferences so that they have the opportunity to learn from and about their peers in each of the host countries.”

The east end meeting will be followed by another at a TN Tatem Middle School on Monday, May 20 and will end in the central area at Charities House on Monday, June 24. Each session will last for approximately 90 minutes and they promise to be “interactive fun opportunity”.

Ms Esdaille also encouraged members of the community to “sign up and become members of the ADHT Bermuda Foundation so that they can be a part of this living history”.

For more information call 236-2266 or visit the ADHT website at www.adht.bm.

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Published April 25, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm)

Series of public meetings on African Diaspora Heritage Trail start tonight

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