PPGJLI is leading a trip to Ghana this summer

Artika Tyner
Submitted Photo Dr. Artika Tyner (Photo Credit: Submitted Photo)

Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute (PPGJLI) is headed to Ghana this summer. Spearheaded by Dr. Artika Tyner, founder and executive director of PPGJLI, the July 2019 trip will pay homage to the 400th anniversary of when the first enslaved Africans arrived in the U.S. in 1619.

PPGJLI provides a platform for the initiation of social change, cultivation of collective leadership, and promotion of public policy advocacy.

“This trip will be a unique Sankofa experience of returning home and reclaiming our rich cultural heritage,” said Tyner, who also serves as Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for the University of St. Thomas. “Visiting Ghana is an important bridge between the past, present and future.”

Artika Tyner in Ghana
Dr. Artika Tyner (c) (Photo Credit: Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute)

During what Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo has declared “The Year of the Return,” PPGJLI will lead a group through a nine-day experience exploring the rich cultural heritage of Ghana, history of the transatlantic slave trade, and enjoy the beauty of Africa.

The group excursion will take place June 28 – July 8, 2019, with stops in the cities of Accra, Cape Coast and Senchi. “You can visit the Slave Castles in Elmina and Cape Coast, Dr. W.E.B. Dubois Center, and the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum,” added Tyner. “Each visit will provide renewed hope and restore unwavering perseverance for African-Americans.”

PPGJLI is hosting a community gathering to highlight the “2019 Year of Return” on Thursday, Jan. 31. The gathering will take place from 5-7 pm at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery, located at 1256 Penn Ave North in Minneapolis.

Featured speakers include Elder Vusi Zulu, Professor Mahmoud El-Kati and Verlena Makey-Keke.

For more information, visit artikatyner.com/ghana.