The “One by One” campaign invites young people to create music videos to engage the global community around definitions of freedom and oppression. We R 1 Voice was invited by those building the museum to help promote public awareness of the Ghana National Museum on Slavery. Its completion anticipated in 2015.
Carver and the founders of We R 1 Voice receive much inspiration from Sojourner Truth. It is her example that gives credence to our vision statement: Speaking Truth Passionately. Truth was born into slavery about 1797 in Ulster County, New York. Known as Isabella, her parents were James and Betsey, the property of Colonel Johannes Hardenbergh. As a child she spoke only low Dutch and, like most slaves, never learned to read or write. Nevertheless, Truth became the most famous African-American woman in 19th century America. For over forty years she traveled the country as a forceful and passionate advocate for the dispossessed, using her quick wit and fearless tongue to fight for human rights. Almost six feet tall, Truth was a striking woman with a charismatic presence. When she addressed an audience, her low resonant voice, especially when raised in song, could still the most hostile crowd.
The Ghana National Museum on Slavery (GNMOS) will be an international institution for the archival preservation, study, documentation and interpretation of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade via the slave castles at Elmina and Cape Coast. This state-of-the-art Museum is the cornerstone of a larger development, which in its entirety, is to serve as a global education and tourist destination and will include an international conference center, a luxury hotel and additional venues for entertainment.
Ghana has enlisted the support of the international community to provide technical and administrative expertise in all aspects of the planning and development of the Ghana National Museum on Slavery project. The public/private sector planning and development process will include strategic collaborations with the Smithsonian Institution Museum of African American History and Culture, UNESCO, the British National Museum and other museum complexes in the world.