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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leads the US-Congress-delegation in Ghana and the U.S. army Africa headquarters in Italy next week on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing in the Americas.
Pelosi, D-Calif., the trip with 12 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including house majority whip James Clyburn, D-S. C., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a member of “the team” of the progressive Democrats, who have often with the speaker in the last few weeks, about the limit of the funding, impeachment, and other issues.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, is expected to address the Ghanaian Parliament on Wednesday. Somali-born, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is among the members of the Congress, Pelosi to join the overseas visit.
Pelosi on Wednesday, the first American speaker to address the Parliament of Ghana is, according to her office. The delegation is also to meet with the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, speaker Mike Oquaye and other high-level government representatives.
The delegation visit to observe the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles and the “Door of No Return”, the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing in America, Pelosi’s office said. Elmina Castle was erected, the first European slave-trading post in sub-Saharan Africa, PBS reported.
Slaves entered through the castle of the infamous portal called the “Door of No Return” to Board ships to the dangerous journey across the Atlantic known as the Middle passage to ports in North and South America. By the 18th century, 30,000 slaves passed through the portal per year.
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Also in the U.S. delegation: Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Bobby Rush, D-Ill.; Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Yvette Clarke, D-NY, Hank Johnson, D-Ga.; Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio; Karen Bass, D-Calif.; Terri Sewell, D-Ala.; Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.; and Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio.