Saturday, June 03, 2006

Remembering the Ancestors June 10, 9 a.m. PT

Dear Community:

Today would have been the 100th birthday of our sister, Josephine Baker. There are celebrations in Paris honoring her legacy as an artist, war hero, philanthrophist and adoptive mother. Visit

Saturday, June 10, we will join the community in Charlotte, North Carolina, and elsewhere this year in their Remembrance Ceremony -- ours in San Francisco, at Ocean Beach, Fulton @ the Great Highway 9 a.m. (12 noon ET) to venerate and pour libations for the ancestors.

Please arrive at 8 a.m. so we can have a drumming circle and share ancestor stories and reflections, dance and celebrate the lives of those who have gone before. (I hope Minister Lezell Williams, Ayanna Aisha and Sister Gerry Abrams are available to pour next week as they have in October.)

If anyone has a portable microphone, please bring it.

We can end as we always do with flowers for the unmarked watery grave sites, and food to share. Please bring cups and plates, napkins if the dish requires it.

Bring water also, and blankets to sit on, since I don't plan on having tables or even chairs. Everyone will have to bring those types of items.

Spread the word. If you can't come to the beach June 10, then at 12 noon ET, (9 a.m. PT) stop and pour libations for your African ancestors who were torn from their land and sold into slavery, then shipped away from home forever.

Read the flier. Brother Osei has added us to the list of participating national and international communities. However, unlike the Charlotte remembrance, the rule for MaafaSFBayArea rituals still applies: AFRICAN People Only.

E-mail me at if you'd like to carpool, give a ride or need one, or have questions. Visit

Peace and Blessings,

Wanda Sabir


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