What could be more urgent—and more satisfying – than reuniting a mother with her young, the children who were separated from her at birth?
Multiply that combination of longing and disconnectedness by millions and you have the story of Mother Africa’s disconnected children dispersed throughout the world. They have been cut off for generations from their original culture and story, due to slavery and immigration to other countries.
True, many people of African descent around the world have certainly heard of Mother Africa. When possible, they read about her and attend cultural activities in their area that celebrate their understanding of her. For just a moment, they get a glimpse of her great majesty, intelligence, warm wisdom, and unparalleled natural beauty.
But for most in the African diaspora, Mother Africa, while revered, is still a remote figure, more legend than an active force in their lives.
Now, more positively, imagine the joy of a massive family reunion, where this great matriarch gathers her children to her, millions for the very first time.
Think of it: after generations of slavery and immigration to other lands, Mother Africa’s many children are no longer separated from her family. Continual celebration attends this family reunion.
Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins, who, though strangers at first, now celebrate as they see in one other shared family characteristics as they gather around Mother Africa. They are a united family again—at last. That is what the Pan African Heritage World Museum will do.
The Pan African World Heritage Museum’s mission is to create an environment for people of African descent and all others to discover and experience the true history of the origins of humanity, the development of cultures and great civilizations of the Nile Valley that influenced the past, informs the present, and will shape the future, serving as an inspiration for generations to come.
Through the work of the Museum, all those of African descent will discover that they are heirs to a complex and rich inheritance. They will learn of their collective culture that created advanced, pre-colonial kingdoms across Africa. Accomplished men and women leaders of African descent will become known to them, as well as a way of life that holds exceptional relevance today. Many will understand, for the first time, the extraordinary and creative contributions of African cultures and civilizations in world affairs.
The ultimate goal of the Museum is to provide the space for people of African descent to unlearn and relearn the true history, culture, and civilization of Africa from the Origin of Humankind to the Present, to inspire the current and future generations of Africans in and outside the continent.
Importantly, the Museum is the only heritage museum of its scope in Africa, and in the world, that brings together Africa’s rich history, culture, philosophy, and ideals all under one roof. The Museum will be of interest to all peoples as it throws new light on the history of the world, the beginning of human creation, and the contribution of peoples of African descent to world civilization.