More than 250+ years after slaves were brought from Africa to America, President Obama and his wife Michele ‘returned’ to Africa and visited the so-called “Door of No Return”, a slave house/museum on the island of Goree Island, Senegal.
While the historical accuracy of this museum is questioned (see this article in the Washington Post), there is no doubt about the symbolism of an African American President and his wife, a descendent of slaves, and family traveling to Africa where thousands and thousands of men, women, and children were kidnapped and sold into slavery.
“Door of No Return”?
Perhaps not the actual site where slaves left Africa, but what a wonderful picture to cherish: a black man who has indeed risen to the highest office in our land and who has returned to pay homage to those who were forced to come to this country.
(Images from White House.gov)
And another picture that comes from the Obama family trip to Africa, this time from Nelson Mandela’s prison cell at Robben Island as the family listens to a tour guide.