Friday, August 23, 2019

Retracing the Steps of 1619 Ancestors

Snapshot from USA Today feature story.  Image of Dr Tucker walking through a doorway.  Ocean view in horizon.  Text: 1619 Search for Answers.  The long road home


Dr. Wanda Tucker, Rio Salado College Faculty Chair for Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and Faculty Senate President, traveled to Luanda, Angola in Central Africa to embark upon a historical and life-changing journey. 

Dr. Tucker climbing along a hillside during her visit to Angola

As a descendant of the first generation of Africans to arrive at Point Comfort (Hampton), VA on August 20, 1619, Dr. Tucker was inspired to trace the steps of her ancestors and travel the same paths they walked before coming to the British Colony on the San Juan Bautista slave ship.

This historical journey was documented and featured in a story by USA Today. Dr. Tucker also shared her story in an interview with KJZZ.

Dr. Tucker’s visit to Angola and featured story in USA Today commemorates the 400-year anniversary of the first Africans’ arrival to the United States.

Thank you, Dr. Tucker, for making the journey and sharing your experiences with us.

Contributed by Rio Salado Executive Special Assistant Office of the President Jackie Johnson, MPA