Young Gifted and Black raises money over the course of two years to take members transitioning from middle school and or high school on an international trip. To date we have been able to facilitate the travel of 27 young people to three different countries. It is our hope to continue this work with the support of our generous community of parents and fellow Social Activists.
YGB Ghana 2016
In 2016 12 members of YGB traveled to Ghana for our third tour of the country. This trip featured a trip to Kakum National Park, performances at Reverential Night and at the Emancipation Day Ceremonies, and participation in the first Annual One Africa Film and Music Festival. YGB also participated in a media tour featuring on several radio and television programs in interviews and live performances. They used their platform to promote pan africanism, Black pride and cultural solidarity. YGB also visited several historic sites including Cape Cost Dungeon, the WEB Dubois Center, the Kwame Nkrumah Museum and Park, and a remote village accessible only by boat, in the western region called Nzulezu.
YGB GHANA 2014
In 2014 8 members of Young Gifted and Black made an historic trip to Ghana, West Africa. They toured Ghana visiting shrines and historic sites. They visited schools and orphanages, performed at Reverential Night as part of the Emancipation Day Ceremonies in Cape Coast Castle, as well as holding shows in Accra, and Elmina. They visited shrines and historic sites throughout Ghana, and filmed a music video at Freedom Square.
YGB Ghana 2012
In 2012 five members of Young Gifted and Black traveled successfully to Ghana, West Africa. Their journey included visiting Elmina and Cape Coast Slave Dungeons, standing at the door of no return, visiting the last bath, the WEB Dubois Center, Freedom Square and other important historical sites. Additionally members of YGB performed at Emancipation Day in Elmina Dungeon, and also presented several shows for expatriates living in and around Cape Coast.
In 2010, two members of Young Gifted and Black of Oakland took an historic tour of London and Paris with Olympic Legend and Black Power Icon Dr. Tommie Smith. As a part of the lead up to the 2010 Olympics Dr. Smith was enlisted to tour London in an effort to promote international solidarity, promote the upcoming olympics and as outreach to Afro European communities in and around London who still regard Dr. Smith as a historical icon.
YGB founding member Obasi Davis, and YGB mentor Jahsiri Shakir presented pieces in 6 different performances in London and two additional shows in Paris. The tour featured visits to historic sites including the Lond Bridge, The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and other places. The visit also included an opportunity to see FELA the Musical live, to perform in a recording studio and to meet Olympic medalists around the country.