The Diaspora African Forum (DAF) in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Interior held a citizenship ceremony for the two iconic Tulsa Massacre survivors, Voila Ford Fletcher & Hughes Van Ellis on Tuesday February 28, 2023 at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, DC.
President of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo endorsed the citizenship of Mother Fletcher and Uncle Redd. The event was witnessed by the Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwesi Agyeman, Head of Mission for Diaspora African Forum, H.E Dr. Erieka Bennett, Oklahoma State Rep. Regina Goodwin, Grammy-nominated Ghanaian Musician, Rocky Dawuni and some other notable personalities.
Voila Ford Fletcher and Hughes Van Ellis often referred to as Mother Fletcher and Uncle Redd respectively are two of the few survivors of ‘’Black Wall Street Massacre’’, also known as the Tulsa Race Massacre of May 31June 1,1921 which took place when mobs of white residents attacked Black residents and destroyed homes and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event is considered one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history. The attackers burned and destroyed more than 35 square blocks at the wealthiest Black communities in the United States, colloquially known as ‘’Black Wall Street’.
H.E Erieka Bennett, Founder and Head of Mission for DAF addressed the embassy audience with an inspiring quote; ‘’You are not an African because you were born in Africa. You are an African when Africa is born in you’’ she said.
The citizenship process was completed by swearing on oath of allegiance and signing certification documents.
The Diaspora African Forum would like to specially extend a profound gratitude to the C.E.O of KGL Foundation, Mr Alex Daddy and the entire KGL Foundation brand for being a major sponsor of this initiative.