The African Diaspora
Ancestral Commemoration Institute

ADACI was founded in 1992 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational, cultural and spiritual organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., whose purpose is to institutionalize the commemoration of the millions of Africans who perished during the Middle Passage – the Maafa.  We also commemorate those who survived the Middle Passage, whose shoulders we stand on.  This mission is accomplished through the observance of ceremonies and the presentation of artistic, educational, and cultural activities which include: Youth Empowerment Workshops & Conferences; Academic & Educational Lectures; Film Festivals; Senior Citizens’ Cultural Events; and Visual & Performing Arts Presentations.  As an educational, cultural and spiritual organization, ADACI creates innovative programs using the arts and education as powerful tools for transformation and spiritual development. ADACI also collaborates with other organizations which share similar goals regarding matters involving cultural heritage preservation in Africa as well as throughout the diaspora.


ADACI’s purpose is to:

  • Celebrate the extraordinary collective fortitude that has sustained Africans and their descendants through this massive loss;
  • Examine and better understand all the circumstances that led to and sustained this loss so that it will never happen again;
  • Acknowledge and strengthen a common bond that connects Africans around the world; and
  • Reaffirm the ability of Africans and their descendants to overcome obstacles of enormous magnitude as Africans have in the past, and fortify the inherent strength of Africans that has enabled continued advancement. This reaffirmation is intended to serve as a catalyst in the development of a course of action to remove barriers to our self-determination.
  • We acknowledge our Ancestors in a progressive way through the Annual International African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration, one of the primary activities of the Institute.


The commemoration activities provide
people of African descent the opportunity to:

  • Spiritually Unite with Africans throughout the world in honoring those who came before us in prayer through an Ancestral Memorial Service;
  • Celebrate and Give Thanks to the African Ancestors for contributions they have made to the world;
  • Reaffirm the faith in the African collective, our commitment to our children of African descent, and our collective future; and
  • Assess the many implications of the loss of Africans during the slave trades and commit to never allowing such a travesty to ever happen again, at any time, in any form.