akwaaba - welcome

Albert Gyan is a passionate social advocate with a knack for innovative solutions to create positive social change. His personal life mission is dedicated to advancing the progressive agenda of our generation, guided by values rooted in his personal moral convictions and affirmed by the United Nations Charter. -- "With so much treasure and talent at our generation's disposal, it is unconscionable that any human being should wallow in abject poverty."

Looking forward to partnering with like-minded individuals, groups and social enterprises to work on life-changing ventures for the betterment of humanity.

Any day is a great time to give back...

Creating opportunities to explore and discuss key issues, unique cultural experiences, realities and recommendations for the Church’s engagement with the Youth and Young Adults. A process of dialogue and encounter focused on the Church’s ministry with youth and young adults that fosters understanding and trust within and across cultural families toward a more welcoming and just community of faith. [USCCB]

This is the first in our series of talks designed to teach about the history and culture of Africa and the Diaspora, starting with Haiti, and the impact of the current crisis at the US border on all marginalized groups, and the wider quest for economic justice for all.

Africa and Diaspora (A&D) Ministry

At the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington, DC. This is the mother church of African American Catholics in the Washington DC area. Our historic parish traces its heritage to 1858 and the efforts of a group of dedicated emancipated Black Catholics. Faced with a society that was not yet willing to put off the last vestiges of slavery and a Church that, at best, tolerated the presence of Black people in its congregation, these men and women founded a Catholic school and chapel. Our St. Augustine’s School, under the leadership of remains a source of pride and empowerment for our community. The school is dedicated to teaching faith, character, and loving service to our neighbors near and far.

Our Africa and Diaspora ministry became active in 1977 and was officially established in the early 1980s under the leadership of Ernest C. Withers, Jr. Our mission in motion continues to prioritize advocacy in policies toward Africa, evangelizing to any unchurched Africans living in Washington, and incorporating all African parishioners fully into parish life. At the behest of our ministry, St. Augustine was a pivotal leader in liberation movements, particularly the 'Free South Africa&' movement. It also provided a spiritual home to, among others, an African immigrant who became our Ministry Chair and later the first President of the National Association of African Catholics in the U.S. (NAACUS).

Today, our Church with the leadership of the A&D ministry strives to further support the work of NAACUS and ACA and other initiatives unifying Diasporans around the archdiocese by confronting and engaging the critical issues of our day to ensure our survival and the growth of the human family.


Lydia Curtis, Alex Williams & Albert Gyan (Co-Chairs)

EMANCIPATION DAY ✊🏿

“CELEBRATION | EDUCATION | CONNECTION” Sat. Nov. 6, 2021 from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

SANDY SPRING SLAVE MUSEUM & AFRICAN ART GALLERY, INC. 18524 Brooke Rd * Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Creating Safe Spaces for Dialogue to help overcome centuries of systemic injustice 🌍🤲

“May those who died rest in peace. May those who return find their roots. May humanity never again perpetrate such injustice against humanity. We the living vow to uphold this.” [Memorial Plaque at the Cape Coast (Slave) Castle ]
  • The Real Juneteenth - Reynauld Smith (Museum Resident Historian)

Dinner with Bp. Jerome Feudjio

[Photo Album]


Thanksgiving Mass [YouTube]

"Bishop Feudjio was invited to Maryland by the African Catholic Association of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, which worked with representatives from multiple African countries to plan a liturgy that reflected traditions of Cameroon and other nations."

Maryland church offers warm welcome to African-born bishop now leading Virgin Islands diocese

Catholic Standard - Wed. Sept 8, 2021

Lift Every Voice... Don't Be Silenced

"The Harp was constructed by black female artist and activist Augusta Savage (1892-1962) for the New York World's Fair in 1939. This self-made sculptor originally called this piece Lift Every Voice and Sing, a homage to the inspirational national Black anthem of the same title by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)" (sophia.smith.edu)

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Lift ev'ry voice and sing'Til earth and heaven ringRing with the harmonies of LibertyLet our rejoicing riseHigh as the list'ning skiesLet it resound loud as the rolling seaSing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught usSing a song full of the hope that the present has brought usFacing the rising sun of our new day begunLet us march on 'til victory is won
Stony the road we trodBitter the chastening rodFelt in the days when hope unborn had diedYet with a steady beatHave not our weary feetCome to the place for which our fathers sighed?We have come over a way that with tears has been wateredWe have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughteredOut from the gloomy past'Til now we stand at lastWhere the white gleam of our bright star is cast
God of our weary yearsGod of our silent tearsThou who has brought us thus far on the wayThou who has by Thy mightLed us into the lightKeep us forever in the path, we prayLest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met TheeLest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget TheeShadowed beneath Thy handMay we forever standTrue to our GodTrue to our native land
Source: LyricFindSongwriters: J. Rosamond Johnson / James Johnson

JUNETEENTH, June 19 / FATHER’S DAY, June 21, 2020

"George Floyd": The Tipping Point of Centuries of Systemic Dehumanizing Racism


Dear friends,
Sunday, June 21, the Weekend of Juneteenth 2020, can't be another ordinary Sunday. Rev. Martin Luther King observed that the most segregated hour in America is on Sunday. Let’s help change that. Let’s make a conscious effort to "crosspost/share" on all Social Media platforms: Visit our White and Black neighbours' SM pages and encourage them to Speak Up!
This is our Kairos moment; a rare moment for decisive action. Let’s speak up. Let’s join forces; extend a hand to all our neighbors. The groundswell of support and the empathy for the pain and suffering of Blacks and marginalized people all around the globe has reached a crescendo. There is palpable positive energy. Let’s do our bit to tip the scales and usher in a new era -- a more humane and loving earth.
Almost six decades ago MLK wrote from jail in Birmingham: “First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the White moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the White moderate,...”
If this is true today, then it should be noted that we are all as much complicit in perpetuating this state of the struggle, as our “White moderate” compatriots. Most of us persistently see this struggle solely as a Black American struggle, rather than a struggle to save Humanity. Granted, some have received the worse end of the stick, but we don’t have the luxury of grading and ranking our individual traumas. The self inflicted grievous harm to White souls can not be overlooked: The guilt and shame of profiting from White Privilege; devouring the spoils of centuries of dehumanizing treatment of Black people. There is no virtue in demonstrating who has been harmed the most. Let’s reach out a hand to form alliances to overcome this common menace that is eating at the heart of humanity.
Let’s reach out to our “White moderate" brothers and sisters; who denounce the inhuman state of existence for Black people in this country. Let’s create a larger enough tent to jointly denounce the systems of injustice that continue the marginalization, intimidation, and degradation of Black Lives. Yes: Black Lives Matter!
We may get over the hump without the other, but together we will get there faster. Our gift to humanity is our heart of gold. Let’s make "all" part of the strive for transformative change, to perfect our Union. Let’s reach out a hand and together end our agony sooner than later.
Our individual endeavors may not be televised, but each one of us can Tweet, Share, Like and Follow using social media. We should let our voices be heard on all the social media platforms. ‘Tweet’ away! We shouldn't be silenced.
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