Providence MLK event begins with Land Acknowledgement

The 19th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame Ceremony and Honors event was held on February 1, 2022 on Zoom. This event celebrates Dr. King’s powerful legacy by highlighting the work of three City of Providence civic leaders who embody Dr. King’s commitment to equity, civil rights, and justice: Angela Bannerman AnkomaIdrees, “Lanre” Ajakaiye, and Reverend Howard M. Jenkins Jr. The event began with a Land Acknowledgement by artist Joel Rosario Tapia. Click here for a seven-minute video of the Land Acknowledgement.

The Land Acknowledgement took place along the Moshassuck River in downtown Providence where Tapia stated the ancient links to that land by the Naragansett, Nahagansett and Pokanoket Tribes over the past 10,000 years. In the background one can see a mural that depicts Pokanoket and Narragansett Princess Red Wing.

Tapia offered a prayer to the four directions and concluded the ceremony with drumming.