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‘SCUBA DIVER, KAMAU SADIKI, UNCOVERS SUNKEN SLAVE VESSELS

7:00 PM 23 FEBRUARY 2023

ABOUT YOUR SPEAKER:

Kamau Sadiki is a certified NOAA and NABS Foundation Scientific Research Diver and a Blue Card Diver for the National Park Service. He holds numerous PADI specialty certifications including Deep Diver, Archeology Survey Diver and Coral Reef Conservation. He was recognized as the 2016 National Association of Black SCUBA Divers “Diver of the Year” and received the Underwater Adventure Seekers 2016 Founder’s Award, awarded by NABS co-founder and International Diving Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Albert Jose’ Jones.

Kamau is a retired Civil Engineer and a certified Jiivana Yoga Instructor. He is a licensed general aviation pilot with over 400 hours of flying experience. He also enjoys river kayaking, playing djembe drums and acoustic guitar. Kamau is the proud father of two adult children and resides in the State of Maryland.

Get ready for this conversation by viewing the Netflix documentary, “DESCENDANT”.

“There were over 12,000 ships making over 40,000 voyages over 250 years of slave trade. To date, there are only five [slave] ships in maritime history in the database. Why is that?1

-Kamau Sadiki

DIVING FOR ANSWERS

“Kamau Sadiki, immediate past President of NABS (The National Association of Black Scuba Divers), lead diving instructor for Diving with a Purpose and a member of the team that identified the Clotilda, the last-known ship to bring slaves from Africa to the USA, recently found in Alabama’s Mobile River” 1 will be in-person at Serengeti Gallery to share findings.

“400 years after American slavery began, black scuba divers are searching for shipwrecks to unveil the lost stories of African Americans ancestors. Diving with a Purpose (DWP) seeks to piece together the lost stories of African Americans whose ancestors came to the United States on slave ships.

Get ready for this conversation by viewing the Netflix documentary, “DESCENDANT”.

Reflects Sadiki, “No one has mourned enough of them, given name to enough of them. We will never know if it’s hundreds, thousands, or millions lost.  The work we are doing is like CSI. Look at the incredible crime that was done. How do we recover?

“There were over 12,000 ships making over 40,000 voyages over 250 years of slave trade. To date, there are only five [slave] ships in maritime history in the database. Why is that?”

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Get ready for this conversation with the 2022 Netflix documentary DESCENDANT, which explores how “[e]vents that unfolded more than a century ago continue to have lasting repercussions several generations later”.

Netflix film Descendant cover photo

An Excerpt from Netflix, DESCENDANT

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“On July 9, 1860, more than 100 captive Africans were brought to the shores of Mobile, Alabama, on a ship named the Clotilda, under cover of darkness. The international slave trade had been made illegal in the US in 1808, but human trafficker Timothy Meaher made a bet that he could get around the law with his ship. Today, the residents of Africatown, just north of Mobile, count the Clotilda survivors among their ancestors” 2.

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Sources: 1. Pan African Connection Facebook group  2. Netflix.com article


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