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Exploring Roots and Building Bridges: The Inaugural People to People Trip to Ghana by the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, (IBWPPI).

The inaugural People to People Trip to Ghana, Africa, hosted by the International Black Women's Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI), was a beacon of unity and mutual support among Black women internationally. This unforgettable 8-day adventure was designed not only to facilitate cultural and historical connections but also to create awareness and deepen bonds among IBWPPI members and supporters. For many African Americans, visiting the continent of Africa has been a lifelong dream, and to embark on this journey with a seasoned group of women with humanitarian ties and philanthropic commitments to Ghana was nothing short of a privilege.

A Dream Fulfilled

For countless African Americans, stepping foot on African soil represents a profound and deeply emotional experience. It's a journey that connects individuals to their ancestral heritage, creating a bridge between the past and the present. The People-to-People Trip provided a small group of men and women participants with the opportunity to see, touch, and feel the rich history and culture that has shaped the African continent for centuries.

We invite you to be on the lookout for the announcement regarding our next People to People Trip! If you are not a member of IBWPPI, join us and become a part of a movement to connect us one country at a time.

Barbara A. Perkins, Founding President, and CEO.

Humanitarian Ties and Philanthropic Commitments

One of the most remarkable aspects of this journey was the opportunity to travel with a group of women and men who are not only seasoned travelers but also dedicated to making a positive impact on the communities they visit. IBWPPI, known for its commitment to advancing public policies that benefit Black women and girls, extends this commitment to the global stage. By forging connections with Ghana and its people, the institute aims to create lasting change and mutual understanding.

  

Humanitarian Ties


A Journey Through History

The 8-day trip guided by Awuku Yirenkyi, a tour guide awarded for his expertise and excellence was a whirlwind of exploration and education. Participants visited some of the most significant historical and cultural sites in Ghana, including the W.E.B. Du Bois National Museum, which pays homage to the renowned scholar and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois. This museum not only provides insight into Du Bois’s life and work but also serves as a testament to the broader struggle for civil rights.

The journey also included visits to the newly refurbished Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the first President of Ghana where participants could pay their respects and learn more about the history of independence and development of Ghana.

A Journey Through History

However, perhaps the most emotionally charged experience was the visit to Cape Coast Castle. This haunting structure served as a hub for the transatlantic slave trade and was visited by world leaders as a somber reminder of the history of enslavement of Black people. Walking through the castle’s dungeons and hearing the stories of those who suffered within its walls was a poignant reminder of the resilience of the Black community.

A Journey Through History        A Journey Through History


A Journey of Unity and Mutual Support

Beyond the historical and cultural experiences, the People-to-People Trip was a powerful testament to the unity and mutual support that Black women share on an international scale. The bonds forged during this journey will undoubtedly lead to collaborations and initiatives that will benefit communities on both sides of the Atlantic.

In the heart of the inaugural People to People Trip to Ghana, a truly special moment unfolded, as a luncheon brought together the esteemed Paramount Queen Mothers of Ghana and the dedicated members of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI). This meeting of minds and cultures served as a pivotal moment, highlighting the cultural significance of these traditional leaders, and reinforcing the shared commitment to elevate the status of Black women and girls both in Ghana and internationally.

Honoring Tradition and Leadership

The Paramount Queen Mothers, representing various regions within Ghana, are revered as cultural and traditional leaders in their respective communities. These influential women hold significant sway in local governance, preserving cultural heritage, and fostering unity among their people. President Perkins extended a warm invitation to these esteemed leaders to come together for a luncheon, where they could share the essence of their roles in society and strengthen ties with the IBWPPI.

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A Luncheon of Mutual Inspiration

The luncheon was nothing short of inspirational, as both groups shared their stories, experiences, and aspirations. The Paramount Queen Mothers emphasized the importance of their roles in maintaining cultural traditions, mediating disputes, and advocating for the well-being of their communities. President Perkins and the IBWPPI members were deeply moved by their dedication to preserving Ghana’s rich cultural heritage.

It quickly became apparent that the two groups had more in common than initially expected. The Paramount Queen Mothers and the IBWPPI identified similar goals, primarily centered around empowering Black women and girls, fostering education, and advocating for their rights and well-being. This shared vision served as a powerful catalyst for future collaboration and mutual support.

A Commitment to Collaboration

In the spirit of unity and empowerment, both groups made a heartfelt commitment to continue their dialogue and collaboration. They recognized the potential to make a significant impact by working together to advance the status of Black women and girls both in Ghana and across the globe. A series of Zoom meetings were planned to facilitate ongoing discussions and initiatives.

Furthermore, the luncheon marked the beginning of a formal alignment and affiliation between the Queen Mother’s Platform of Ghana and the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute. This alliance has the potential to create a powerful network of women leaders, committed to creating positive change in their communities and beyond.

A Bright Future Ahead

The luncheon between the Paramount Queen Mothers and the IBWPPI was not just a meal but a symbolic coming together of cultures, traditions, and visions for a better future. It illuminated the strength of unity among Black women, transcending geographical boundaries.
As they move forward together, these influential women are poised to make a profound impact, not only on their respective communities but on the world at large. Through dialogue, collaboration, and shared determination, theyare paving the way for a brighter, more empowered future for Black women and girls everywhere. The seeds of change have been sown, and the world can anticipate great things from this remarkable partnership.

In conclusion, the inaugural People to People Trip to Ghana by IBWPPI was a remarkable journey that transcended mere tourism. It was an opportunity for Black women to connect with their roots, deepen their understanding of their shared history, and build bridges of support and unity. As these women return to their homes, they carry with them not only memories of a transformative trip but also a renewed commitment to making a positive impact on the world. The journey to Ghana was just the beginning of a new chapter in the ongoing struggle for justice, equality, and empowerment.

A Luncheon of Mutual Inspiration        A Luncheon of Mutual Inspiration

 

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Travel with us!

Barbara Perkins
From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

Exploring Roots and Building Bridges: The Inaugural People to People Trip to Ghana by the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, (IBWPPI).

The inaugural People to People Trip to Ghana, Africa, hosted by the International Black Women's Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI), was a beacon of unity and mutual support among Black women internationally. This unforgettable 8-day adventure was designed not only to facilitate cultural and historical connections but also to create awareness and deepen bonds among IBWPPI members and supporters. For many African Americans, visiting the continent of Africa has been a lifelong dream, and to embark on this journey with a seasoned group of women with humanitarian ties and philanthropic commitments to Ghana was nothing short of a privilege.

A Dream Fulfilled

For countless African Americans, stepping foot on African soil represents a profound and deeply emotional experience. It's a journey that connects individuals to their ancestral heritage, creating a bridge between the past and the present. The People-to-People Trip provided a small group of men and women participants with the opportunity to see, touch, and feel the rich history and culture that has shaped the African continent for centuries.

We invite you to be on the lookout for the announcement regarding our next People to People Trip! If you are not a member of IBWPPI, join us and become a part of a movement to connect us one country at a time.

Barbara A. Perkins, Founding President, and CEO.

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