For those who argue that God rather than Ancestors should be honored, consider the fact that one would not know of God or feel any connection to God were it not for Ancestors. They fill that gap between the present and the beginning. Our spirituality is based on what we have learnt from those who walked the Earth before us. What we know of any Supreme Being, we know because our Ancestors believed and passed those beliefs on to us.
|Masked dancers for Egungun/Ancestors.|
That fact alone is sufficient for celebration and gratitude.
So, as we prepare for this year's Annual Ancestor Celebration, let us reflect on those who came before us and "upon whose shoulders we stand." Our Ancestors have been there and continue to be there. Just because we cannot see them does not mean that they are absent from our lives. They are our true angels, guiding and protecting us. Our celebration will emphasize their significance in our lives and highlight the importance of celebrating them. Because we exist today, that is reason enough to celebrate our Ancestors. Join us in this worthwhile tradition that has survived slavery, colonialism and globalization. It starts at 11 am on Sunday, June 16, 2013 (Juneteenth) at the Omenala Griot Museum, 337 Dargan Place SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.