In 1998, a group of walkers left the Peace Pagoda in Leverett MA on the  Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage. This 13-month journey passed through the eastern United States and continued to the Caribbean, Brazil, West Africa, and South Africa,  reversing the direction of the Middle Passage symbolically and geographically.  Along the way, participants visited sites associated with the history of slavery, from slaves quarters and stations on the Underground Railroad to villages that had been raided in Africa, offering prayers for those who had suffered under slavery and commemorating the dignity of those held in bondage and those who resisted.

In this interactive workshop, playwright and international activist Ingrid Askew, Tim Bullock of the New England Peace Pagoda, and videographer Melinda Holm will share the voices of participants through film, spoken word, and conversation.

This program is one of a series organized by Mass Slavery Apology, a local racial justice group which was strongly influenced by the Pilgrimage. Mass Slavery Apology offers free monthly programs, including workshops, performances, and other activities, at the First Congregational Church of Greenfield. The organizers hope the series will build a deeper understanding of racism and racial justice while promoting a greater appreciation for our diverse society.

  • Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
  • Time: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Doors open at 10:30
  • Place: The First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA 01301
  • Cost: Free, donations welcome.
  • Child care available by reservation. Please RSVP by November 29th with number and ages of children to 413-625-2951
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