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Why Black People Are Moving Back To Africa

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0403-ghana-africa_full_380By Dr. Sinclair Grey III

At one time, there was a push among many African-Americans to go back to their roots in Africa. In the midst of segregation and Jim Crow laws, the idea of going back to one’s roots seemed good on paper, but not a reality for those struggling financially.

A new movement is slowly spreading among many African-Americans. What is it? They are migrating to Ghana in search of spiritual wholeness. In an article in the Christian Science Monitor, one person described the move to Ghana as the best move he’s ever made. The story went on say that this individual described his move in that ‘he has found his wife, reconnected with God, and even manages to play golf daily.’

“Whether motivated by love, money, or the desire to rekindle a long-lost connection, black repatriation to Africa remains alive and well, even if it never quite became the high-volume, emotional return to African roots that initially captured the imagination of black intellectuals and celebrities like boxer Mohammad Ali decades ago.”

There are roughly 25 million people who live in Ghana and out of that, some 3,000 are African-Americans. This migration is made up mainly of retirees and those who wish to discover their roots.

Without question, many who trickle to this county on the African continent are looking for spiritual rejuvenation.

You may be wondering how do the citizens respond to this migration. Well, many are not too receptive of it wondering why African-Americans would come to suffer. This is just one reason among many. Even though the economy of Ghana is growing, there’s still widespread poverty.

Jerry Rawlings, the former Ghanaian President passed legislation granting indefinite residence for people of African descent.

Just as Ghana is opening its doors, history informs us that Liberia was created as a place for free slaves and that civil rights activist, Marcus Garvey often promoted the development of the West African nation for African-Americans to move back, if they desired.

A country rich is history; it will no doubt attract more people in search of finding themselves and even discovering their purpose.

Source: Christian Science Monitor

 Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, author of (5) books, business consultant, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org. Follow him on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org

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