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How Two Slave Ancestors from the U.S. and Jamaica Started the Emancipation Journey to Ghana in 1998

To speak of Black Emancipation is to know and appreciate the historical events that led to the near loss of the Afrikan pride, and to pay respect to the intellectual and physical wars waged by our ancestors in their fight to liberate the hearts and minds of our race.

To speak of Black Emancipation is to understand the need to remove the Afrikan and persons of Afrikan descent from that environment within which can be found systems and regulations created to further dampen the flames of Black fire, and of Black power.

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To speak of Black Emancipation is to come home, and that is just what Samuel Carson and Crystal did.

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The family of the afore-mentioned Black royals who were unjustly held by the cold hands of slavery along with many others in the United States of America and Jamaica brought back the remains of their deceased relatives for burial on the Afrikan soil.

For a society forever riding on the wheels of convention, the return of the remains of the two deceased former slaves sought to serve a more symbolic purpose.

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The remains of Samuel Carson and Crystal were symbolically passed through an opening within the Cape Coast Castel named; ‘The Door of No Return’. This was the final door the captured slaves emerged out of from their holdings in the castle to be ‘loaded’ unto the slave ships.

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The symbolic passing of the remains of Samuel Carson and Crystal thereby sought to reverse the essence of ‘The Door of No Return’ to ‘The Door of Return’. Signalling to persons of Afrikan descent in the diaspora that the time is ripe for a return home.

They were buried at Assin Manso; a town that was a site of a former slave market where the fittest of our ancestors were separated from the weaker ones and were bathed in the river to clean them up for transportation. Our enslaved ancestors however regarded this ‘last bath’ as their final contact with Afrikan waters.

The 1998 ceremony was themed; ‘Emancipation, our Heritage our Strength’ and was led by Mr Minion Phillips and Mr Sonny Carson who were relatives of the repatriated deceased Afrikan kinsmen. The occasion was graced by government dignitaries, royalties as well as distinguished individuals from the Afrikan diaspora.

This occasion marked the beginning and most importantly, the significance of Black Emancipation. The traditional chieftaincy of Assin Manso saw to it that they were accorded the necessary respect Ghanaians and Afrikans at large afforded their deceased ancestry through burial rites.

The grave sites of Samuel Carson and Crystal have now become a symbol of ‘Return’ for persons of Afrikan descent living in the diaspora as was its purposed intention.

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  1. *I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY GHANA OR ANY OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRY WOULD CHOOSE TO PENALIZE THE FOREIGN WIFE (in my case wife of diasporian descent as a former slave descendant) WHO TRIES TO NATURALIZE BASED OFF OF WHAT THEIR HUSBAND DOESN’T HAVE(bank accounts or LAND who they’ve supported & have taken care of financially from the 1st day of marriage ) INSTEAD OF ACCEPTING WHAT THEIR WIVES HAVE HAD & EAGERLY OFFERED UP TO USE TO SUPPORT THEIR SPOUSES WITH BEFORE & AFTER MARRIAGE THEREFORE TREATING THE TWO AFTER THEY’VE MARRIED AS ONE AS THE BIBLE REFERS TO I WAS NOT TREATED THIS WAY (FAIRLY) THEY INSTEAD CHOSE TO UNFAIRLY PENALIZE ME BUT NOW I GET TO READ AN ARTICLE OF WHAT MORE OF MY PEOPLE HAVE DONE & CONTINUE TO DO JUST TO RELATE TO THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA AS DIASPORIANS… OH FATHER HOW MUCH MORE I BEG YOU TO PLEASE TELL ME SHALL WE BE SUBJECTED TO READ THIS POST FROM ME TO ANOTHER DIASPORIAN WHOSE AN ISRAELITE THOUGH LABELED AS A BLACK AMERICAN😡

    Brother please understand even with your inspirational video that the land of Ham & those naturally born here always has been & always will be THE LAND OF HAM & given THAT, understand that there’s far far more to it then simply considering us & then verbalizing us to all being the same people simply because we feel that because we were born in the continent & have practiced some of the customs & traditions & may have grafted in @ some point that this now is enough to solidify our ties to the ancient historical Hebrew Israelite ancestral bloodline (are the Israeli’s not doing this right now but when it’s beneficial their back to being whites) because honestly this is what comes out of some of their mouths sometimes (the children of Ham) & HEAR ME WELL THEIR WORDS DOES NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT WHAT THEIR ACTIONS HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO MANIFEST & RESEMBLE AT TIMES, so although they may say to you MY BROTHER or MY SISTER what matters most outside of the words coming out their mouths ARE THEIR DEEDS BY WAY OF ACTION (as TMH said the tree bearing the Fruit is to be judged by it’s fruit so the tree has to do more then just stand their & look the part it has to bear & good fruit @ that not rotted out & mildewing (w/rotten fruit or none at all exemplified as cheap & petty petty talk) ) so brother they are to be held to the same standards of accountability as us & we do this based off of the laws of YAH TMH because it is ALL that we have to go off of & not the laws of man because brother they don’t necessarily have to HONOR MARRIAGES OR ACTUAL BIRTH’s AS THESE ARE MAN’S LAWS WHICH MAKES THEM MATTERS OF MAN to identity those that have went through these methods which I can assure you that they haven’t always used these methods & don’t as sources of acknowledgement leaving you quickly able to be referred to as an obroni (white w/blk skin that they do not have to sympathize with & then it can become more so about what you can do for them to hell with what they could be doing & probably should be doing for you) ☹️ I know this brother because I have LIVED HERE for more then a few years now, therefore our father the almighty was right these people of others nations are what scripture has referred to them as unless THEY CAN IDENTIFY WITH THE BLOODLINE DESCENT ISRAELITES AS WE OURSELVES HAVE HAD TO IDENTIFY WITH WHICH IS : Deuteronomy 28 & Leviticus 26 the LAW brother & these are the same laws that were presented to us that we were told WOULD MARK US AS A PEOPLE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME & THIS WOULD BE A SIGN OF OUR DESCENT, & why did the father do this because he knew that all these people would come when it had become POPULAR ENOUGH & CONTINENT ENOUGH to do so & try & stake claim to a legacy that they had not lived out first hand them nor their PARENT’S nor their GRANDPARENTS nor their GREAT GRANDPARENTS, family their is a HUGE HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ENSLAVEMENT VS. COLONIZATION HUGE OKAY for starters family they HAVE NEVER had a problem with identifying their selves as Africans so much so that they were able to come back & tell us that PURE BREAD AFRICANS (as they have seen us as a mixed biracial breed not pure & to many of them it’s heavily mattered) is not what they felt we were & then they gave their reasons as to why they felt that way, for starters their cultures & their way of life has been a TRIBAL AFFAIR one which they know full well that you have had no way to adequately TRACE YOURSELF BACK TO IN IT’S ENTIRETY (accurately) then they hit you with their names VS. your name you see their names trace back to their people whereas your name traces back to FORMER SLAVE MASTERS you understand family that IN OUR LIVES PROPHECY HAS BEEN “FULFILLED” but for them it’s been COLONIZATION however colonization DID NOT WIPE THEIR ANCESTRAL IDENTITY FROM THEM (giving them the ability to present their rightful claims well) which only further helped them to be able to embrace their African pride ancestries & unity while quickly telling YOU & others like YOU that these are the reasons why it would be hard for YOU to understand them because YOU ARE NOT THEM & YOU do NOT even share the same background history heritage nor claims as them or else it would be beyond discussion & this is what the father TMH has always wanted us to understand is that when they & the world(these gentiles of all descents have even embrace it family & in large part have put a lot of it into the heads of Africans to only further full the chords of division between us & them leaving them that much more vulnerable & ripe for them to then come in & continue to stay close enough to enabling whatever elicit means that they’ve constructed to further exploit them) tries this that we were to know of assurity that he will HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN US NOR WILL HE HAVE FORSAKED HIS PROMISE TO OUR FOREFATHERS NOR THE FACT THAT OUR IDENTITY TIES INTO HIM & THAT WE ARE HIS (the apple of eye) & THAT HE & HE ALONE WILL FIX THIS BECAUSE HE ALLOWED IT & THAT WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HIS & ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS ACCEPT THIS & CHOOSE HIM IN RETURN, then he gave us a way to understand the 12 tribe’s that are associated with us THAT THE WORLD IS AWARE OF & ARE EAGERLY AWAITING TO WAKE UP & BE REVEALED & HE VOWED THAT HE WOULD DO IT & THAT THEY WOULD KNOW US THE REAL US THAT NOBODY CAN STEAL OR JUST FALSELY CLAIM BECAUSE IT’S POPULAR TO DO SO & THAT THEY WOULD ALSO KNOW JUST HOW MUCH HE HAS ALWAYS LOVED US, HALLELUYAH BROTHER IT’S HAPPENING NOW & IN OUR GENERATION, if they want to graft in then so be it but to claim blood descent then they’ll need to bear their mark left as a sign as we have done time & time again remember like our brother Yahoshua we are children of THE LYNCHING histories of being hung not gas chambered or colonized for us brother our STRUGGLE will have been much much much worst being that it was magnified to 7th power by the hand of TMH & said by TMH that this would also it be why it was to NEVER OCCUR AGAIN & THEY KNOW THIS!
    *our ancestral tongue was Hebrew brother not Bantu the ancient tongue of Hebrew has been lost brother but Bantu hasn’t
    *it’s not enough that you remember the laws & that you probably converted & can now speak the language YOU MUST IDENTIFY BY THE SIGN THAT TMH LEFT or GRAFT IN PERIOD
    – SHALOM

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