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November 26, 2007
Annapolis Peace Talks: “No Better Place than the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial”

(Annapolis, Maryland) The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, seen by some one million people per year, is the Annapolis center for reflection and healing. People from around the world visit the Memorial to reflect on their past and to seek courage and inspiration for a future filled with peace.

Says Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation Board Chairman Alan Hay, ” I can think of no better place than the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial to seek inspiration for peace and healing. The last plaque in the Story Wall reminds us that while diversity of people is strength, we are essentially all one people. To symbolize that, the plaques’ frame has the word people translated in over 60 different languages.”

Across the street at the Memorial’s Compass Rose, visitors stand at the center of the 14-foot diameter compass where a bronze globe is oriented toward true North. Here they stand at the Annapolis center and then face the lands of their ancestors. They all share Annapolis in common. “We like to think of the Memorial as a starting point for reconciliation and peace,” says Hay. “Annapolis offers the ideal setting for the Peace Talks. We extend our best wishes to all those who will be participating in the talks.”

The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial sits at the harbor’s edge in in the heart of Annapolis. Completed in 2002, it was built by the people of Annapolis to celebrate each person’s unique family heritage, while sharing humankind’s common, universal experiences. The Memorial was recently ranked as one of the ten ten visitor attractions in the region. It is owned and maintained by the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation.

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