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RBG on Ancestral Veneration by Way of Libation, A Brief Tutorial

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RBG on Ancestral Veneration by Way of Libation, A Brief Tutorial

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  • 1. “ANCESTRAL VENERATION BY WAY OF LIBATION”ANCESTRAL VENERATIONAim: To facilitate the acquisition and valuing of the wisdom of the ancestors; and to foster acommitment to restore their works and make those works even better than before.From: RBG Blakademics Curriculum Standards Outline/ Spirituality and the Psycho-Affective Domain
  • 2. What Is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General GordonGranger, landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslavedwere now free...two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation -which had become official January 1, 1863. One of General Granger’s first orders of businesswas to read to the people of Texas, General order Number 3 which began most significantlywith:“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive ofthe United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights ofproperty between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing betweenthem becomes that between employer and free laborer.”The reaction to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. While manylingered...many left. Even with nowhere to go, many felt that leaving the plantation would betheir first grasp at freedom. Many went up north and others joined family in Louisiana, Arkansas,and Oklahoma.Recounting the memories of that great day in June of 1865 and its festivities would serve asmotivation as well as a release from the growing pressures encountered in the new territory. Thecelebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation fromdescendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and forgathering remaining family members. A range of activities were provided to entertain themasses...Rodeos, fishing, barbecuing, and baseball were just a few of the activities. Juneteenthalmost always focused on education and self-improvement. Thus often guest speakers werebrought in and the elders were called upon to recount the events of the past. Prayer services werealso a major part of the celebrations. Certain foods became popular, such as strawberry soda andbarbecue. Food was abundant because everyone prepared a special dish. Meats such as lamb,pork, and beef which not available everyday were brought on this special occasion. A trueJuneteenth celebration left visitors well satisfied and with enough conversation to last until thenext. Juneteenth is now celebrated worldwide.Taken from Juneteenth World Wide Celebration Website
  • 3. RELATED RBG Communiversity RESOURCES: Dr. Carr Does Libation Dr. Carr, Kwame Toure Society and others from Howard University pouring out libation at New York’s Afrikan Burial ground RBG Ancestral Libation and Ancestors Prayer RBG Ancestral Libation and Ancestor’s Prayer- Document TranscriptAncestral LibationTo all our ancestors of antiquity, who developed great knowledge and gave civilization to theworld. (Group) Your will to be, lives in me. Ase! To all our ancestors who were fortunate to beburied on the soil of Alkebu-lan (Africa) our motherland. (Group) Your will to be, lives in me.Ase! To all our ancestors who were lost and killed during the voyage of the MiddlePassage.(Group) Your will to be, lives in me. Ase! To all our ancestors who suffered the crueltyof the horrible institution of slavery, racism, segregation and oppression in North America, SouthAmerica, the Caribbean Islands, the Middle East, and throughout the world.(Group) Your will tobe, lives in me. Ase! We say thank you, great ancestors for the precious gift of your blood, sweat
  • 4. and tears who fought for freedom, justice and equality.(Group) Your will to be, lives in me. Ase!To our ancestors, in your honor,(Group) I promise, as a descendant and benefactor of your life,to uphold truth without fear, and to never forget you and your sacrifices as I teach myself and ourchildren to honor and respect you. Ase! To our ancestors, in your honor,(Group) I promise toassume the responsibility in continuing on the path of progress and build upon the foundationyou have laid before us. Ase! To our ancestors, in your honor,(Group) I promise to remove thefear, ignorance, shame and self-hatred of my Afrikan History and Re-claim the cultural heritageand consciousness of spiritual oneness. Ase! To our ancestors, in your honor,(Group) I promiseto continue to build a new world for and with our children, based on our traditional culturalprinciples and values. Ase! To all the spirits of our individual families, known and unknown byname, and whom we silently remember in our hearts.(Group) We praise and honor you. Mayyour spirit be filled with light and progress and may the light guide us through the fear andignorance of our times. Ase! Moment of Silence: ADUPE ARIKU BABA WA (Thank You, bythe Spirit of Our Ancestors) (ALL) Ase! Ase! Ase! (So shall it be!)Ancestors PrayerOur great Afrikan parents who are among us we humbly offer our thanks for the many blessingsyou have given. We extend our love to its ultimate state of being - For the suffering that youhave endured so that we may not suffer so. Mothers of our great Afrikan nation Fathers of ourAfrikan selves - We invoke you to further lead and guide us to a higher understanding Of ourtrue greatness - And a more encompassing dedication of love for our Afrikan people. Parents ofall Afrikan children; Guide us toward a greater unity - Guide us in a stronger Afrikan ValueSystem and lead us into the zenith of respect and love for our people, through education and the"Family Communal Structure" We swear upon the heritage and legacy that you have left us touphold and sustain our rightful status on this earth, and to continue the struggle for the totalmental and physical liberation of all Afrikan People.ADUPE ARIKU BABA WA (Thank You, by the Spirit of Our Ancestors) AseRBG Street Scholar /Blk Aug. 2012