As part of the 400th Anniversary of the First Enslaved Africans landing in America, the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the United States, Ms Nancy Pelosi is this week leading a Congressional delegation to Ghana to hold high-level discussions with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye and other senior government officials.
Speaker Pelosi will also deliver an address to Parliament on Wedneday, July 31, 2019.
The Majority Leader and Chairman of the Business Committee of Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, announced this when he presented the business statement of Parliament for this week.
Ms Pelosi is the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives in the US, having made history in 2007 when she was elected the first woman to serve as Speaker.
She made history again in 2019 when she regained her position second-in-line to the presidency, the first person to do so in more than 60 years.
The delegation will also pay solemn respects at the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles and the “Door of No Return,” to observe the 400th Anniversary of the First Enslaved Africans Landing in America.
The team as part of their tour this week will also visit U.S. Army Africa headquarters in Italy.
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“As we face evolving global security challenges, our delegation will thank our men and women in uniform and receive briefings from U.S. military leaders at U.S. Army Africa headquarters,” Speaker Pelosi said, according to a press release issued by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Accra.
“In Ghana, our delegation looks forward to high-level discussions on key issues such as regional security, sustainable and inclusive development and the challenges of tomorrow including the climate crisis,” Speaker Pelosi said.
“It is a special honour to be the first U.S. Speaker of the House to address the illustrious Parliament of Ghana, as we build on the partnership between our nations,” she added.
The delegation to Ghana includes the distinguished Majority Whip James Clyburn, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Karen Bass, Co-Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee Congresswoman Barbara Lee and icon of the Congress, John Lewis.
“As the founding chair of the International African American Museum, which is being built on Gadsden Wharf in Charleston, South Carolina where approximately 50 percent of enslaved Africans arrived in this country, it is particularly meaningful to me to join the first woman Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and many of my African American colleagues in visiting Ghana’s Door of No Return,” said Whip Clyburn.
“I consider this to be a fitting and proper way to commemorate the 400th year since the enslaved people were forced to leave their homeland and sent in bondage to the New World. I seek to pay homage to the sacrifices of our African ancestors and honour the contributions they made to building the United States of America.”
“400 years ago this year, our ancestors were first brought to this continent in chains. On this delegation, 12 Members of the Congressional Black Caucus will return to the African continent as Members of the United States Congress,” said Congresswoman Bass.
“We have come so far but we still have so far to go. Among the history being made this trip, I am very much also looking forward to witnessing the first woman Speaker of the United States House of Representatives address the Ghanaian parliament. I thank Speaker Pelosi for leading this important trip and for joining us in sending a signal of mutual respect and partnership to Ghana and the continent of Africa as a whole.”
Other Members of the Congressional delegation led by Speaker, Nancy Pelosi are House Majority Whip, James Clyburn, Congressman John Lewis, Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Bobby Rush, Energy and Commerce Committee, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Budget Committee, Homeland Security Committee and Judiciary Committee, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Appropriations Committee and Budget Committee, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Energy and Commerce Committee and Homeland Security Committee.
Others are Congressman Hank Johnson, Judiciary Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Agriculture Committee, Education and Labour Committee and House Administration Committee, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Foreign Affairs Committee and Judiciary Committee, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Intelligence Committee and Ways and Means Committee, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Education and Labour Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Financial Services Committee and Joint Economic Committee and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Budget Committee, Education and Labour Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee.