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A Journey From Ghana To America

A woman carrying fruit and dressed in African garb  speaks during s TedX talk.
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Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum speaks during a TedX Normal talk in 2018.

It is a cruel irony that the first Christian church in what is now the country of Ghana is built in a coastal fort directly over the holding pens for the slave trade.

Illinois State University ethnomusicology professor Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum visited those caverns and speaks about them regularly. In this Ted X Normal address GLT brings you for Black History Month, Oforiwaa takes a walk with her ancestors. This mixture of speech, song, spiritual journey and performance art is a Journey from the Dungeons in Ghana to America.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.