~400TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION EVENT TO HONOR OUR ANCESTORS ~
1:00PM Ribbon Cutting/EXPO Doors Open
2:00PM Welcome – Eric Sheppard, Diversity Restoration Solutions CEO
3:00PM African Fashions Show (Newport News Senior Center)
4:00PM Keynote Speaker – H.E. Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula, Zambia Ambassador
6:00PM EXPO Closes
Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc. (DRS), a business tourism and project development firm in Hampton, VA, will host the Africa Homecoming Community EXPO at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. will honor enslaved African and American African ancestors who were part of the transatlantic slave trade era in the British ruled Virginia colony starting in 1619. DRS and its EXPO partners will acknowledge African and American African history through dance, music, spoken word and African fashion. The EXPO will also feature local vendors and exhibitors from the Hampton Roads area as part of DRS’ cooperative economics and international trade with the global community. The highlight of the Expo is a keynote address by His Excellency Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula, Ambassador from the Republic of Zambia Embassy in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Ambassador Simbyakula will discuss the opportunities to develop tourism and trade between Zambia and Virginia.
Mr. Sheppard, a family historian and visionary says, “The EXPO is all about honoring our ancestors who were
forced into slavery, but now as their descendants, we will promote international trade and tourism opportunities
through our sponsors, including Ethiopian Airlines, Sam’s Club Export Office and Newport News Economic
Mr. Sheppard’s Grandy family roots are in Camden County, NC. In 2001, his genealogy research led him to the
finding of a London based 1843 British & Foreign Anti-Slavery Society publication entitled Narrative of the
Life of Moses Grandy; Late a Slave in the United States of America. The story in the narrative led him to the
Great Dismal Swamp and Canal slavery history, the maroon communities living in the swamp and connecting
the swamp to another refuge for people escaping slavery in the Western Province of Zambia in Southern Africa.
For more information on the Africa Homecoming Community EXPO, contact DRS at (757) 251-3948 or visit
the event website at https://africahomecomingcommunityexpo.eventbrite.com.