Photos:13th Annual Maafa Commemoration

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  • Advocate staff photo by Eliot Kamenitz--- Clarence 'Chief' Dalcour releases a dove for peace as part of the Ashé Cultural Arts Center presented 13th annual Maafa Commemoration on Saturday in Congo Square. Maafa is a Swahili term defined as the Holocaust of Enslavement referring to those traded as slaves from Africa.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Eliot Kamenitz---People hold hands for an opening prayer at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center during the 13th annual Maafa Commemoration on Saturday in Congo Square. Maafa is a Swahili term defined as the Holocaust of Enslavement referring to those traded as slaves from Africa.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Eliot Kamenitz---Baba Shahid pounds out a beat on drums during the Ashé Cultural Arts Center during the 13th annual Maafa Commemoration on Saturday in Congo Square. Maafa is a Swahili term defined as the Holocaust of Enslavement referring to those traded as slaves from Africa.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Eliot Kamenitz---Morikeba Kouyate plays the kora at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center during the 13th annual Maafa Commemoration on Saturda in Congo Square. Maafa is a Swahili term defined as the Holocaust of Enslavement referring to those traded as slaves from Africa.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Eliot Kamenitz---A masked member of the Mardi Gras Indian group FiYiYi dances at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center during the 13th annual Maafa Commemoration on Saturday in Congo Square. Maafa is a Swahili term defined as the Holocaust of Enslavement referring to those traded as slaves from Africa.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Eliot Kamenitz---Amen Hrimgalah, in red scarf, dances to drum beats with Menahem Laurent during the Ashé Cultural Arts Center during the 13th annual Maafa Commemoration on Saturday in Congo Square. Maafa is a Swahili term defined as the Holocaust of Enslavement referring to those traded as slaves from Africa.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Eliot Kamenitz---Menhati Singleton waves frankincense over Sula Janet Evans as a purification process during the 13th annual Maafa Commemoration held at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center on Saturday in Congo Square. Maafa is a Swahili term defined as the Holocaust of Enslavement referring to those traded as slaves from Africa.

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