The time has come to bring closure to the social, emotional
and economic wounds associated with the transatlantic
slave trade. The celebration of Kwanzaa is a good way to
underwrite a new beginning.
A Grassroots Model for Transatlantic
Reconciliation & Transformation
The Kwanzaa Accord ("the Accord") is a grassroots social contract between the peoples of
Bermuda and of the United States of America to promote the global mantra "unity in the
community worldvibe, fighting with peace and not for it".
The Accord was inaugurated on January 1, 2013 in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the
commencement of US emancipation in 1863 and the 180th anniversary of the Abolition of
Slavery Act of 1833 within the former British Empire.
The Accord has been designed to promote seven years of reconciliation between all peoples
impacted by the African slave trade - described as a "third emancipation" from the vestiges of
The Accord will climax on January 1, 2020 following a global commemoration of the 400th
anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the British colony of Jamestown,
Virginia in 1619.
The people of Bermuda played a strategic role in this first experiment in slavery 3 years earlier
in 1616 and they are now taking a 21st century leadership role to seek truth and reconciliation
for this "original sin".
As part of this global strategy, the local Bermuda organisers have proposed to rehabilitate the
Royal Naval Dockyard that once hosted the British Admiralty in the 19th century as a Maritime
Academy and Studio Themepark (MAST) dedicated to global peacemaking.
It is proposed that MAST will be underwritten by a public private partnership between
government, industry and civil society to invest a total of US $700m in financial transformation
of Bermuda's economic architecture under the auspices of the Accord.
The first priority of the Accord will be to demonstrate how public priorities can be restructured
to promote economic expansion, job creation and community reinvestment in "marginal at
MAST will serve as an offshore superhub for transatlantic cooperation in shipping,
telecommunications, healthcare, entertainment and green technology industries between the
Americas and other countries in CARICOM, the EU, Asia and the AU.
Once this inaugural Bermuda model is in place, the Accord process will be duplicated in similar
communities in the US and the developing world.
The project is being spearheaded in Bermuda by Spanish Town Entertainment as part of its
Sounds of Sanctuary program for social cohesion. US stakeholders include Wilcomnet LLC, GBI
Inc., PVJOBS and Hargrove Engineering via the Sanctum Neighborhood Network.
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