"Ancestral Memories," an art exhibition by CSU Professor Imna Arroyo, was the featured exhibit at the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on March 22 in New York City. The United Nations event commemorated the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, which forced 25 million to more than 30 million Africans away from their homes to endure the torture of slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean. Arroyo's exhibition featured the African Orishas guarding their ancestors during the transatlantic passage.
"As a descendant from those 30 million, I was so happy to see Eastern represented," said Sociology Professor Dennis Canterbury. "Many people from all walks of life were rubbing shoulders in attendance. I managed to talk with the Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea at one extreme, and at the other, a housewife from Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, who was a part of a dance team from that island that performed at the event."