Founded in 1992, ADACI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational, cultural and spiritual organization based in Washington, DC

Our purpose is to institutionalize the commemoration of the millions of African ancestors- men, women and children, who perished during the Middle Passage – the Maafa, as well as those who survived. We do this through the observance of ceremonies and artistic, educational, and cultural activities. We acknowledge our ancestors in a progressive way through annual commemorations which include: conferences/empowerment workshops, academic/educational lectures and presentations, film festivals, senior citizens’ cultural festivals, and artistic /cultural 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 has three international chapters: ADACI-Senegal (est. 1993); ADACI-Nigeria (est. 2004); and ADACI-Brazil (est. 2014). In addition, ADACI has established relationships with grassroots organizations in Benin, Cuba, Ghana, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago.


Advisors include renowned historian – Dr. John Henrik Clarke (Ancestor); Chief Curator of Goree Island – Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye (Ancestor);
and filmmaker – Prof. Haile Gerima.


ADACI’s Annual International Commemoration which takes place in June, recognizes the millions of men, women and children who perished during the trans-Atlantic slave trade (“the Maafa”), and those who survived.

ADACI’s Educational Forums examine the implications of enslavement, its aftermath, and its effects on the African family. Forum participants have included such scholars as
Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Tony Martin, Dr. Jacob Carruthers, Dr. Joseph Harris,
Dr. Asa Hilliard, Dr. Amos Wilson, C.R. Gibbs, Tony Browder, Dr. Acklyn Lynch, Dr. Runoko Rashidi, Professor Paulette Pennington Jones, Dr. Sterling Stuckey, Dr. Lisa Aubrey, Dr. Kevin Washington, and Professor Haile Gerima and his wife, filmmaker Shirikiana Gerima.

ADACI’s Pan-African Cultural Celebrations commemorate African Ancestors for their artistic and cultural contributions.

ADACI’s Youth Institute provides opportunities for youth development and empowerment.


A central part of ADACI’s tradition is the creation of ancestral/commemorative altars which are artistically created sacred spaces and serve as memorials to the ancestors. These sacred memorials present a more cultural, spiritual and contemplative environment by which one
accesses the power of the ancestors. ADACI has been commissioned to create commemoration altars for:
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; National Council of Negro Women; Dr. Ron Walters; the National Association of Black Psychiatrists, African Heritage Studies Association; Universal Negro Improvement Association – African Communities League (UNIA-ACL); KanKouran West African Dance Company; and the Washington, DC Kwanzaa Planning Committee.


ADACI is a founding member of the International Coalition to Commemorate the African Ancestors of the Middle Passage (ICCAAMP)

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